Thanks for the response. The answer to that is "anything that bites" lol :^) I wont be fishing the mississippi river because I wont be anywhere near that. Just wondering about the center of Iowa which is where I will be, so I guess I wish be fishing any lake or river so probably panfish like perch and bluegill when in the lakes or maybe bass if they bite. I would try rivers there but not sure what to fish for there in iowa rivers. I'll probably just find a bait shop somewhere and ask them what to use there.