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Catch the big one: Great fishing locales in the Hawkeye State

There are many places to fish in Iowa.

There are many places to fish in Iowa.

Those who love to fish may also be quite happy to find out that when moving to Iowa, they have plenty of choices on where to cast out. The state may be a bit under the radar for those who are fishing enthusiasts, but you may be surprised at the multitude of options available. Whether you like river fishing or hanging out by the lake, there may be a perfect location here for you. If you are planning on bringing your moving containers to the Hawkeye State, don't forget to pack your tackle box when your moving company arrives.

Black Hawk Lake, Lake View
If you are a fan of catfish, then you may want to head to Black Hawk Lake. Located in Black Hawk State Park in Lake View, it may have everything you are looking for. This locale may be best during March, as the channel catfish are out in numbers during this time, according to Game and Fish Magazine. The best time to gauge this is when the ice begins to break up on the lakes in the area.

Sweet Marsh, Sumner
The Northeastern section of the state is the home of the Sweet Marsh State Wildlife Management Area. Here, there are some great opportunities to go fishing during the cooler months after the ice melt, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen. The area has depth control, so it rarely gets too deep or too shallow, and this could make it a good spot to get some fish in the early part of the season. There are a multitude of fish that call this lake home including crappies and bluegills.

Big Spirit Lake, Dickinson County
Another option is one of the larger lakes in the Hawkeye State. Head over to Dickinson County and check out Big Spirit Lake. This locale is filled with smallmouth bass, according to Game and Fish Magazine. It may be a good idea to focus on fishing here in the early summer, as this is when the bass are biting the most. There are multiple recreation areas and state parks around the lake, so you have many different opportunities to check out the area. It is on the northern border of the state, and approximately three and one-half hours from Des Moines.

Big Hollow Lake, Des Moines County
If you are in Des Moines County, then it could be a good plan to check out Big Hollow Lake. This spot is quite popular, and has many different types of fish. According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, it has many catfish, bass and bluegill, among a multitude of other options. This is a relatively shallow lake, as it only gets as deep as 44 feet. Meanwhile, there are many low-depth areas that could be good for those who want to catch certain types of fish in the area.

Gray's Lake, Des Moines
While in Des Moines, there is another lake that may be right for fishing. Gray's Lake is right in the downtown part of the city, and there is a fish here that may not be often sought after, but they are quite large. According to Game and Fish Magazine, you can catch a number of carp here. These can range in size, but many of them are quite large. Many are five pounds or less, but there is a chance of getting one much heavier in this area. It may be a good idea to carry a more heavy duty rod and line when dealing with these fish.