Iowa summers mean long days, warm nights, barbecues, bonfires, and one of our favorite pastimes, fishing – which means you’ll need to know the spots for the best fishing in Iowa. While we have countless rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds, it can still be difficult to find a good fishing spot. Luckily for you, we have a list for that. Here are nine of the best fishing spots in Iowa that will pretty much ensure you go home with a catch.

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Grab your fishing rod and tackle box, a cooler full of cold drinks, sunscreen, and a bottle of bug spray because it’s time to head out for some of the best fishing in Iowa! Are there any spots we missed on this list? What are some of your favorite spots for fishing in the Hawkeye State?

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Where To Find The Best Fishing In Iowa

Iowa Fishing Lakes

Several bodies of water in the state are designed as Iowa fishing lakes, that is, they're stocked with fish by the DNR to ensure that anglers are rarely disappointed. You can find a list of such fishing lakes, reservoirs, and ponds on the Iowa DNR's website

Other Fishing Lakes In Iowa

While the Hawkeye State does not have a large number of lakes, you'll certainly find many excellent fishing lakes in Iowa. From Iowa's Great Lakes region, which includes Spirit Lake and the Okobojis to the Coralville Reservoir and Lake MacBride, you're sure to find a lake to catch the species you're chasing.

Some Of The Other Best Fishing Spots In Iowa

In the Driftless Area of northeastern Iowa, many small streams are clean enough and cold enough to support trout, which makes many of the streams in this part of the state some of the best fishing spots in Iowa. You'll find trout streams in several counties, including Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Clayton, and Delaware. Fish hatcheries in Decorah, Elkader, and Manchester stock many of the streams with rainbow and brown trout on a regular basis. Some, however, are considered "put and grow streams," in which the trout are left to breed and grow naturally. In some creeks, the DNR has experimented with reintroducing brook trout, a smaller species and the only salmonid native to the region.