Get ready to start fishing in Iowa! You can experience the fun of reeling in a largemouth bass from the shores of Hickory Grove Lake or try your luck at targeting walleye on Lake McBride. Use our Iowa fishing resources to make trip planning easier. You can buy your fishing license online, find the best places to go fishing, read state regulations, and learn about license-free fishing days.

For more information or details specific to fishing in Iowa, check the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website.

Free Fishing Days in Iowa

On designated free fishing days, the state fishing license requirement is waived for recreational anglers. Free fishing days are a great time to get new or beginning anglers hooked on fishing. Parents without a fishing license can take advantage of free fishing days to teach the kids and experienced anglers can take the opportunity to mentor peers.