Anglers looking for the challenge of hooking a trout to fighting a walleye, find a haven in Lansing… Located in Northeast Iowa on the banks of the Mississippi River, Lansing offers a variety of fish and fishing adventures.

Situated at the end of Lansing’s Main Street, Mississippi’s Pool 9 – at 31.3 miles long and with 35,169 acres of aquatic habitat – is home to 104 different species of fish.

This includes the highly-prized walleye, bluegill, northern pike, bass, sunfish, and crappies. Lock and dam 9, like other channel dams along the river, is easily accessible from the shoreline or by boat.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides accurate refuge maps to help you better plan your fishing adventure.

In addition, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) does an excellent job of updating their fishing reports and providing useful information to anglers.

Another great place to cast your line in Allamakee County is the Yellow River State Forest.

According to the DNR, the Yellow River is an ideal place to catch brook, brown, and rainbow trout. 

  • Bluntnose Minnow
  • Central stoneroller
  • Common shiner
  • Fantail darter

If trout fishing is your aim, you should check out some of the finest coldwater trout streams:

  • Lansing Clear Creek at Clear Creek Park: 1972 South Road on the west edge of town.
  • Wexford Creek: 1416 Great River Road
  • French Creek Wildlife Area

That’s just naming a few! Check with the DNR to find which area streams are stocked on a regular basis. 

Need a license, live bait, or other necessities?

No problem! Stop over to Welsh’s Village Farm and Home at 330 Main Street or River N Ridge Outdoors at 60 S Front Street for all your fishing needs.

Lansing's Ice Fishing Season - Don't Miss it!

During the winter the ice beckons to those brave enough to venture out. Haul out your auger, claim your territory and prepare your site. Bring whatever keeps you warm and don’t forget that pole. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Lansing. You’ll love our friendly little Mississippi river town and enjoy the fishing experiences that await you. 

You’re sure to appreciate the may beautiful fishing spots and locations near Lansing. After a busy day with your rod, you’ll also appreciate our comfortable motel, our B&Bs, numerous camping spots, restaurants, and exciting local attractions. While you’re in Lansing, we hope you explore all the possibilities.


Don’t have a boat? Check out S&S Boat Rentals at 990 S Front Street for a selection of houseboats and pontoon boats!