Iowa is home to various freshwater fish species, such as smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, channel catfish, trout, walleye, muskie, and crappie. Before you are allowed to bait your hook to catch any of these, you’ll have to purchase an Iowa fishing license. This can be done online or from a state-approved fishing license vendor such as tackle shops, grocery stores, and sporting goods stores.
Once you’ve purchased your license, you must ensure that you familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations regarding the types and sizes of fish that can be caught. In some cases, bag limits may apply to some species as well. Your license fee will be allocated towards preserving aquatic life and enhancing conservation education in the state.
Click on the “Get an Iowa Fishing License” button below if you would like to learn as much as possible about obtaining your license and ensuring that you remain compliant when baiting your hook.