"The snake had popped his head up a few times and I hit him... Then I noticed he was going for the stringer of fish I had in the water that I had already caught. I threw a rock and hit him and he swam away," says Mr Howard to NDTV.
The battle for the fish, however, was far from over for the persistent snake.
"I caught a crappie and as I was reeling him in this snake came out from behind a rock and up out of the water and latched onto the fish," says Mr Howard. "I fought with him for a while," he says, adding that it was during this time that he took out his phone to capture pictures of the snake and the fish.
The pictures of the snake, uploaded by Mr Howard on Facebook, have been shared over a hundred times already and have garnered astonished comments from Facebook users.
According to USA Today, Karen Kinkead of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources identified the reptile as a northern water snake - non-venomous but likely to bite if you try to handle it. Click for more trending news
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