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Fishing in Iowa, A brief look

While Iowa is usually considered an agricultural state, it has a rather large proportion of fishing enthusiasts. While the recreational water resources are a bit limited compared to say, Minnesota, Iowa fishing opportunities still abound. Iowa fishing can be classified under natural fishing lakes, reservoirs and streams. The natural fishing lakes are concentrated in north central and norther western Iowa.

One of the more popular Iowa fishing destinations is known as the 'Iowa Great Lakes Region,' which offers cabins, boating and other recreational resources. One of Iowa's 'Great Lakes' is Spirit Lake, the largest in the area that offers sandy beaches and gravelbars. Spirit Lake fishing guides are available for charter throughout the area.

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Iowa Fishing Locations

Fishing in Iowa is the most prevalent in the following areas: Iowa natural fishing lakes: Storm Lake, North Twin Lake, Little Wall Lake, Black Hawk Lake; Iowa Great Lakes fishing: Spirit Lake, Okoboji Lake, Clear Lake; Iowa lake fishing: Coralville Dam; Northeastern Iowa stream fishing: Maquoketa, Wapsipinicon, Cedar River streams, Des Moines River, Mississippi tributaries, Missouri River streams

Iowa Fishing Species

Popular Iowa fishing species include: Walleye, smallmouth bass, flathead catfish, trout, sauger, northern pike, black crappies, white crappies, yellow perch, white bass, bullhead, bluegills

Featured Cities in Iowa

Cedar Rapids