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12 Fishing Spots To Discover

Get ready to explore Dubuque's fishing hotspots.

Be sure to follow the latest social distancing guidelines from the State of Iowa to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

A.Y. McDonald Park

A.Y. McDonald Park

Located at the north end of Kerper Boulevard at Hawthorne Street and Volunteer Drive, the park is 8 acres in size and includes fishing piers on the Mississippi.

Bowstring Wildlife Area

This 87-acre woodland area features wooded hillsides that open into several fingers of restored prairies offering a view over the floodplain bottom bordering Lytle Creek.

Bankston Park

140 acre woodland park that features a spring fed, stocked trout stream. Algific slopes within the park are a site for nature study.

Heritage Pond

Heritage Pond

Iowa Department of Natural resources stocks catchable sized trout in the pond twice a year.

John G. Bergfeld Recreation Area

The John G. Bergfeld Recreation Area is a 30 acre park located in the Dubuque Industrial Park West, 7600 Chavenelle Road. This park is a family and pet-friendly park and includes a fishing pond with two fishing jetties.

Massey Marina Park

The park offers complete boating access to Mississippi River Pool No. 12 as well as fishing at the park.

Miller Riverview Park & Campgrounds

20 acres offering fishing areas and a walking/biking path with a great view of the Mississippi River.

Mud Lake Park

Mud Lake Park

Mud Lake Park is located six miles north of Dubuque along the beautiful bluff land scenery of the Mississippi River.

New Wine Park

This scenic, wooded site on the North Fork Maquoketa River is located about 5 miles north of Dyersville off Highway 136.

Ringneck Ridge Wildlife Area

Ringneck Ridge is a Dubuque County Conservation Board wildlife area with access to a pond for fishing access.

Hiking trail at Swiss Valley Park near Dubuque Iowa.

Swiss Valley Nature Preserve

The Swiss Valley Nature Preserve has ten miles of hiking trails and the stream is stocked with trout.

Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area

Bridging the lines between Dubuque, Jackson and Jones counties, Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area is one of the jewels in the area offering fishing at Whitewater Creek.

Go Fishing

Get the night crawlers and pole ready and get to fishing #whereiowastarted. Don’t forget to also have your up to date license. Don’t have one? You can purchase one through the Iowa DNR online.