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Relaxed Fishing Regulations Extended at Q Pond

OSCEOLA - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources relaxed fishing regulations at Q Pond in Osceola last summer due to water loss associated with an issue with the lake’s outlet structure.

Osceola Parks and Recreation is working to resolve the issue, but repairs were delayed due to wet conditions throughout the summer in this portion of the state. Users should expect limited access to the lake while the water level is lowered and repairs to the structure are completed.

Anglers with a valid fishing license are allowed to harvest any size or number of largemouth bass, channel catfish, and all other fish species from Q Pond.  Any number of fishing poles or jug fishing is allowed.  Anglers must remain in sight of these lines at all times and follow all other fishing regulations and area rules.  Trot lines are allowed (name and address must be attached), however lines may not be set across the entire water body.  It is illegal to sell fish or stock captured fish into public waters.  All navigation rules still apply.

Liberalized fishing regulations for Q Pond will continue to remain in effect through March 31, 2016.

Specific regulation changes include:

  • Removal of bag and length limit restrictions on largemouth bass.
  • Removal of bag limit on channel catfish.
  • Removal of bag limit on crappie and bluegill.
  • Removal of the two line/two hook fishing restriction, however anglers must still adhere to the being within visual sight of the lines.

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