General Information

Fish Iowa! Games is designed to teach kids the basic techniques of casting.  Through the instructional video included within the Fish Iowa! Games Competition Kit, students can learn casting techniques such as flipping, pitching, and the overhand cast.

The Iowa Games in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have developed a program called Fish Iowa Games.  The Fish Iowa Games program is a competition through Iowa schools, where students cast from three distances using the flipping, pitching and overhand techniques.  

The competition may be held anytime between February 1 and May 1.  Competition kits will be shipped January 25. 

Competition Format

The program is unique in that it allows students to learn the basic casting techniques as well as having a fun competition to display the skills and techniques learned throughout the program.  Each contestant/student must cast to the targets provided using the spincast combos provided in the contest kit. Each contestant/student must flip twice from 10 feet, pitch twice from 20 feet, and do an overhand cast twice from 30 feet.

Fish Iowa Games Casting Lanes Diagram 
Fish Iowa Games Score Sheet

You may opt to have students complete one, two, or all three casts as part of the competition.
You will need extra rods and reels for practice. There are several rod and reel distribution centers located throughout the state.


Fish Iowa! Games Competition Kits Include:
Guidelines and diagrams
Instructional DVD
Score Sheets
Reporting Forms (return to Iowa Games)
Targets - 2
Contest spincast rods and reels - 2
Casting plugs (5/16 oz) for practice - 16
Medals - gold, silver, and bronze for each class

Activity Sheets (Links)

Design your own aquatic habitat  

Fishing in Iowa Crossword Puzzle (Answers)   

Fishing Trip Word Search Hidden Message 

Fishing Trip Word Search 

Iowa Fish Families Word Search  

Iowa Fish Matching Sheet 

Iowa Fish Word Scramble  

Iowa Fish Word Search Hidden Message

Iowa Fish Word Search  

Lets Go Fishing


Iowa Games Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be sent for each classroom.


Registration opened on November 1.  Click on the Online Registration button above to register your school/program.


Kim Abels
Iowa Games
888-777-8881 ext. 105

Shannon Hafner 
Iowa Department of Natural Resources 
Aquatic Education Program