Iowa gearing up for spring urban trout stocking
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout in 10 lakes across Iowa in March and April as part of its cool weather trout program.
The spring urban trout stockings are a great place to take kids to catch their first fish. A small hook with a nightcrawler or corn under a small bobber to casting small simple spinners such as a panther martin or mepps is all you need to get in on the fun.
Bringing trout to cities and towns offers a “close-to-home” option for Iowans who might not travel to northeast Iowa to discover trout fishing. Many locations will also host a family friendly event to help anglers have success and fun while fishing.
The popular program is supported by the sales of the trout fee. Anglers need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. The daily limit is five trout per licensed angler with a possession limit of 10.
Children age 15 or younger can fish for trout with a properly licensed adult, but they must limit their catch to one daily limit. The child can buy a trout fee which will allow them to catch their own limit.
Once you buy your trout fee, you can fish for trout all year long at any of the urban lakes and trout streams in northeast Iowa. Visit the DNR website at www.iowadnr.gov/trout for more information about Iowa trout streams.
The 2017 spring urban trout stocking schedule:
- 10 a.m.: Discovery Park, Muscatine.
- Noon: Lake of the Hills, Davenport.
- Noon: Wilson Lake, east of Donnellson.
- 11 a.m.: Ottumwa Park Pond, Ottumwa.
- 11 a.m.: Terry Trueblood Lake, Iowa City.
- 10 a.m.: North Prairie Lake, Cedar Falls.
- Noon: Banner Lake South, north of Indianola.
- 10:30 a.m.: Prairie Park (Cedar Bend), Cedar Rapids.
- 10 a.m.: Heritage Pond, Dubuque.
- Noon: Sand Lake, Marshalltown.