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Ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20

Ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20

  • 2/6/2018 1:09:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Permanent ice shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by Feb. 20. Ice shelter owners are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to get their shelter off the ice. If a shelter falls through the ice, the owner is responsible for getting it out of the lake.
Family trout fishing event Saturday at Bondurant

Family trout fishing event Saturday at Bondurant

  • 2/6/2018 1:08:00 PM
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BONDURANT – A family trout fishing event will be held at Lake Petocka, in Bondurant, at noon on Feb. 10. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will stock 1,400 rainbow trout in the lake. Previously scheduled for Jan. 27, the stocking was postponed due to unsafe ice conditions. 
Walleye season closes Feb. 14 on Iowa Great Lakes

Walleye season closes Feb. 14 on Iowa Great Lakes

  • 1/30/2018 1:57:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE – The walleye fishing season on Spirit, East and West Okoboji lakes is open through Feb. 14, 2018.  It will be closed after that date and reopens again on May 5, 2018. These are the only Iowa lakes that have a closed season for walleye.
Missouri and Big Sioux rivers paddlefish fishing season opens Feb. 4

Missouri and Big Sioux rivers paddlefish fishing season opens Feb. 4

  • 1/23/2018 12:49:00 PM
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The paddlefish fishing season is open from sunrise to sunset from Feb. 4 to April 30 on the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers. Anglers fishing for paddlefish must have a valid Iowa fishing license, along with a special paddlefish license and unused transportation tag(s).
Natural Resource Commission to meet Jan. 17 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet Jan. 17 in Des Moines

  • 1/11/2018 10:42:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 1 p.m., Jan. 17, in the Wallace State Office Building, second floor north conference room, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Spend a winter day ice fishing

Spend a winter day ice fishing

  • 1/9/2018 11:41:00 AM
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Ice fishing has a passionate following across Iowa. Get a group of friends and/or family together, bundle up and go ice fishing this winter.
Licenses Expire January 10

Licenses Expire January 10

  • 1/2/2018 12:52:00 PM
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Hunters and anglers are encouraged to purchase their 2018 license before their 2017 license expires. Annual Iowa hunting and fishing licenses expire on Jan. 10. License holders who purchased the three year option should check the date range printed on their license for expiration.
Winter urban trout stocking starts Jan. 13

Winter urban trout stocking starts Jan. 13

  • 1/2/2018 12:48:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release trout in seven locations this winter in areas that would not support them during warmer months.
Ice safety reminder as Iowa lakes freeze over

Ice safety reminder as Iowa lakes freeze over

  • 12/27/2017 11:12:00 AM
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The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa. Anglers are starting to get out for the popular early ice fishing of the season.
Geode State Park restoration project underway

Geode State Park restoration project underway

  • 12/27/2017 11:11:00 AM
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DANVILLE – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin renovations at Geode State Park this winter to improve water quality at Lake Geode and enhance accessibility and recreational opportunities in the park.
Natural Resource Commission to meet Dec. 14 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet Dec. 14 in Des Moines

  • 12/8/2017 10:32:00 AM
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Des Moines - The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 14, in the Wallace State Office Building, fourth floor conference room, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Fantastic Fisheries Work on Small Streams

Fantastic Fisheries Work on Small Streams

  • 11/20/2017 8:16:00 AM
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Through the Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring (MSIM) Project, Iowa State University and the Iowa DNR Wildlife Bureau have a partnership to sample small streams throughout the state for fish diversity.
7 Ways Iowans Can "Take It Outside" this Holiday Season

7 Ways Iowans Can "Take It Outside" this Holiday Season

  • 11/15/2017 10:06:00 AM
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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging families to consider spending part of their holiday enjoying Iowa’s outdoors.
Fall trout spawn in full swing

Fall trout spawn in full swing

  • 11/15/2017 9:58:00 AM
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Hundreds of yellow ovals offset the brown and green coloration of each female brown trout ready to spawn at the Manchester Fish Hatchery. The splashes of color are signs that trout spawning season is in full swing.
Hiding Out in Union Grove

Hiding Out in Union Grove

  • 11/7/2017 2:27:00 PM
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Grab a backpack and discover this best-kept secret among Iowa’s state parks. Spend the day—or a season.
Grants available for fishing and boating education programs in Hispanic communities

Grants available for fishing and boating education programs in Hispanic communities

  • 11/7/2017 11:33:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Fish Iowa! angler education program has partnered with the Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation’s (RBFF) Vamos A Pescar program to provide $1,000 grants to local 501(c)(3) organizations to support local efforts to educate and engage families in high-density Hispanic communities through programs, classes and fishing activities.
Natural Resource Commission to meet Nov. 9 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet Nov. 9 in Des Moines

  • 11/3/2017 2:30:00 PM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 8:30 a.m., Nov. 9, in the Wallace State Office Building, fourth floor conference room, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
10 fantastic fall fishing spots

10 fantastic fall fishing spots

  • 10/17/2017 2:05:00 PM
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Fall offers fantastic fishing – get out and enjoy it. The air is cool, lakes are less crowded and fish are easy to catch.
Water level to drop at Geode State Park ahead of renovation

Water level to drop at Geode State Park ahead of renovation

  • 10/12/2017 7:30:00 AM
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DANVILLE - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) started lowering lake levels at Geode State Park in Henry County on October 10 as a part of a lake restoration project to improve fishing opportunities.
Fall urban trout stocking begins October 14

Fall urban trout stocking begins October 14

  • 10/10/2017 11:57:00 AM
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Seventeen lakes across Iowa are gearing up to receive trout this fall. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at each location as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support them during the summer months. 
Top fall trout fishing destinations

Top fall trout fishing destinations

  • 10/5/2017 2:07:00 PM
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Get out and explore northeast Iowa this fall. Enjoy fewer visitors, cool weather and spectacular displays of autumn colors, including Iowa’s prize trout.
Trout fishing under a canopy of fall colors

Trout fishing under a canopy of fall colors

  • 10/3/2017 12:37:00 PM
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Enjoy the spectacular colors and cool weather this fall fishing for Iowa’s prize trout in northeast Iowa’s hundreds of miles of trout streams. From easily accessible streams in state or county parks, to those found in Iowa’s most wild and remote natural spaces, there are plenty of places to catch rainbow, brown and brook trout.
Zebra mussels found in Big Spirit Lake

Zebra mussels found in Big Spirit Lake

  • 10/3/2017 12:35:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is watching Big Spirit Lake after a resident found a single juvenile zebra mussel attached to a rock in the southwest side of the lake on Sept. 23.
Fall fishing in Iowa rivers

Fall fishing in Iowa rivers

  • 9/19/2017 10:38:00 AM
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Enjoy Iowa’s natural landscapes fishing Iowa’s rivers and streams this fall. A unique angling challenge is hidden around every bend.
Iowa Fall Fishing Forecast for 2017

Iowa Fall Fishing Forecast for 2017

  • 9/18/2017 2:06:00 PM
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Fall offers fantastic fishing – get out and enjoy it. The air is cool, lakes are less crowded and fish are easy to catch. Add one of these destinations to your fall fishing itinerary.
Fall is a great time to catch fish

Fall is a great time to catch fish

  • 9/12/2017 2:17:00 PM
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Fall is a great time to be outdoors with family and friends. The air is cool, the views are picturesque, lakes are less crowded and the fish are easy to catch.
Iowa Mussel Blitz

Iowa Mussel Blitz

  • 9/12/2017 1:21:00 PM
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The upper Cedar River was the focus of this year’s annual research project to inventory and map the distribution of Iowa’s mussels, often called clams. 
Natural Resource Commission to meet Sept. 14 at Storm Lake

Natural Resource Commission to meet Sept. 14 at Storm Lake

  • 9/5/2017 11:52:00 AM
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Storm Lake – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 14, in the conference room at King’s Pointe, 1520 East Lakeshore Drive, in Storm Lake.
Summer tips to land Iowa’s big fish

Summer tips to land Iowa’s big fish

  • 8/29/2017 12:10:00 PM
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Iowa anglers have lots of opportunities to earn a Master Angler award this Labor Day weekend. Finding places that have big fish is key to catching big fish.
Gizzard Shad found in Iowa Great Lakes

Gizzard Shad found in Iowa Great Lakes

  • 8/29/2017 12:05:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) discovered 26, 3- to 5-inch gizzard shad, in East Okoboji Lake on August 11 as part of routine sampling.
White bass die off at Big Creek Lake

White bass die off at Big Creek Lake

  • 8/28/2017 7:34:00 AM
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Polk City - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a fish kill involving white bass at Big Creek Lake.  
Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is southern Iowa’s rugged retreat

Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is southern Iowa’s rugged retreat

  • 8/22/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Mount Ayr, Iowa – The Mount Ayr Wildlife Area is a 1,500-acre outdoor playground on the way to nowhere. While travelers are not likely to stumble upon it, hunters would be wise to know its location.
Iowa will be touched by the total eclipse

Iowa will be touched by the total eclipse

  • 8/17/2017 7:13:00 AM
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FREMONT COUNTY, Iowa -- On Monday, millions of Americans and visitors from around the world will flock to a 70-mile wide path, stretching from Portland, Ore., to Charleston, S.C. They will be there to witness, for what most will be, a once-in-a-lifetime event – a total eclipse of the sun.
Hot weather taking its toll on fish

Hot weather taking its toll on fish

  • 8/10/2017 11:55:00 AM
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The end of summer is the worst time for underwater dwellers. When temperatures are high and oxygen levels are low, fish and other water critters are particularly vulnerable.
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