Weekend canoe/camping trips are one of the most fun ways to meet the other members of ISU AFS. Usually we float for the first afternoon, camp on the sandbar, and go home the next morning. Past trips have been on the Boone River. These trips are open to all members of AFS, but you MUST BE A PAID MEMBER before the trip. Guests are welcome, but you must pay for their share before the trip as well. Costs usually run around $15/person, depending on where we go and how many people we have.
Every winter we organize a trout fishing tournament in collaboration with the Iowa DNR.
Meet local biologists and researchers in the fisheries field at our subunit meetings, and attend chapter meetings, student colloquia, regional conferences, and the national meeting! All of the people you meet are colleagues, and many could be your employer or advisor in the future.
Practice Your Field Skills
Help out with our annual Squaw Creek Watershed stream electrofishing, Mississippi River night electrofishing, or paddlefish netting on the Missouri River!
Squaw Creek and College Creek Sampling
Every fall we electrofish in the Squaw Creek Watershed, in the area around Ames. This is a great way to learn some basic fisheries skills including electrofishing, netting, and identifying fishes. It's also a LOT of fun! If you aren't sure about fisheries and just want to try it out, this is the thing to do!
Every fall and spring the Iowa DNR needs volunteers to help with field projects such as walleye night shocking on the Mississippi River and paddlefish tagging on the Missouri River. Below is a list of all the volunteer activities we have done with the Iowa DNR. If interested in volunteering, contact Cole Harty
Mississippi River walleye boat electrofishing
Missouri River paddlefish tagging
Spirit Lake gillnetting