Despite a fairly densely packed metro area that's ever-growing in the corridor, the choices for where to wet a line are many - even in downtown Iowa City which boasts some of the best walleye fishing around!
Coralville Reservoir - Located about four miles north of Iowa City, this 5,280 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed lake is best fished by boat. Just about every species of fish native to the waters of the midwest can be found here. Amenities for the fisherman at Coralville Reservoir include boat access via one hard surface boat ramp just off the Mehaffey Bridge area, a fishing jetty, boat rental and camping. Noted for white bass.
F.W. Kent Park - 2048 Hwy 6 NW, Oxford. This picturesque 1,082-acre park located 3 miles west of Tiffin on Highway 6 features a 27-acre lake, which contains catfish, large mouth bass, bluegill, walleye and crappie and provides the angler with many fine hours of fishing enjoyment. A hard surface boat ramp can be found on the east side of the lake. Excellent bass lake.
Iowa River - 207 W. Burlington St., Iowa City. The Burlington Street Bridge below the damn is the spot to be if you're looking to catch walleye. The east side of the river below the University of Iowa Power Plant is THE spot, giving fishermen the best shot at a real whopper. Regulars typically catch fish in the 3-5 pounds on a routine basis in the spring and fall. Catfish bite from ice break to ice-over. Access to a boat ramp can be found approximately 1-1/2 miles south of the damn at Sturgis Ferry Park.
Lake Macbride State Park - An angler's delight! Good catches of walleyes, channel catfish, crappies and muskie await the angler in the 812-acre artificial lake located 4 miles west of Solon. Walleyes, channel catfish and muskies are stocked annually. Lake Macbride may be the only lake in Iowa in which the prized Kentucky spotted bass can be caught. Good lake access is available for both shoreline and boat fishing. There are seven boat ramps on the lake and a number of fishing jetties. Boat rental is available at the marina. Spring crappie fishing is excellent.
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