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All about fishing for bowfin, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, paddlefish and tiger muskie in IA.

Larger lakes across the state, with some of these miscellaneous fish populations, may include Big Spirit Lake, Black Hawk Lake, Browns Lake, Brushy Creek Lake, Clear Lake, Coralville Lake, DeSoto Bend Lake, East Okoboji Lake, Five Island Lake, Lake Icaria, Lake MacBride, Lake Manawa, Lake Red Rock, Little River Lake, Lost Grove Lake, Lost Island Lake, North Twin Lake, Pleasant Creek Lake, Rathbun Lake, Rock Creek Lake, Saylorville Lake, Silver Lake Palo Alto, Storm Lake, Three Mile Lake, Trumbull Lake, Tuttle Lake, Twelve Mile Creek Lake and West Okoboji Lake.

Other Available Species

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 11.69 lbs

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 20.81 lbs

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 50.38 lbs

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 25.31 lbs

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

State Record: 107.0 lbs

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 27.13 lbs

Click the images and links above for species details.

Check out the Northern Pike Fishing page to get tips, tactics and methods for catching more pike. Also visit the top producing northern pike lures page to assist in selecting the best baits. The Muskie Fishing page offers methods, tips and tactics. Also view the page revealing the top producing lures for catching musky and tiger musky.

Iowa Miscellaneous State Record Fish

The state record bowfin was caught in the Mississippi River.

The state record longnose gar was caught from the Mississippi River.

The state record muskie was caught in Spirti Lake.

The state record northern pike was taken out of West Okoboji Lake.

The state record paddlefish was caught from the Missouri River.

The state record tiger muskie was taken out of West Okoboji Lake.

For info about local sauger and saugeye fishing, visit the IA walleye page.

 

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