Iowa residents to enjoy free fishing days June 1-3

News Release

Iowa residents can try fishing without buying a license on June 1, 2 and 3 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) free fishing weekend. All other regulations remain in place.

“This is a great time to take kids fishing or invite a neighbor or friend to come along,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau. “You’ll have a buddy forever and someone to always back up your big fish stories.”

Outdoor fun awaits at hundreds of Iowa lakes, thousands of miles of rivers or a nearby pond. “Grab your family and your poles, get away from daily life stresses and create special memories,” Larscheid said.

Several fun, hands-on fishing events will be offered across Iowa to help families new to fishing get started. Check the general fishing calendar on the DNR website at for a list of free fishing events.

Get tips for taking kids fishing and catching crappie, bluegills and yellow bass on the DNR website at

Categories: Outdoors


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