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Spring offers fun, easy fishing opportunties to catch panfish

Share traditions with kids, grandkids and celebrate each fish as if it was a record breaker
May 17, 2017

DES MOINES – Crappies and bluegills are biting in small ponds and lakes across Iowa providing a great opportunity to introduce beginners of all ages to fishing.

Catching panfish in the spring is easy and fun.

“Late May and early June is a great time to take kids fishing,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau. “Many species are close to shore, willing to bite and do not spook as easily.”

Fish close to structure, like rocks or a pile of brush or gravel, to find bluegills or crappies. Bass will be around brush or boat docks or rock piles. Anglers can find fish structure locations with the online fishing atlas or download structure location maps from the DNR’s Where to Fish website.

“Keep your hooks, bobbers and bait small because panfish have small mouths,” Larscheid said. “Use as light of tackle as you can. Four pound line, a bobber the size of a quarter and a size 8 hook work well.

“Think of the special memories you had fishing as a kid, and share this great tradition with your kids and grandkids,” he continued.

Bring along snacks, take lots of photos and celebrate each fish as if it was a record breaker.

Find tips for catching crappie, bluegills and yellow bass on the DNR website at www.iowadnr.gov/fishing, and check the weekly fishing report to find out what is biting where.


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