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Iowa Fall Fishing Forecast

Iowa Fall Fishing Forecast

  • 9/14/2016 3:14:00 PM
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Fall fishing is one of Iowa's best kept secrets. The air is cool, the views are picturesque and the fish are pulling out of their late summer slumber. Add one of these destinations to your fall fishing itinerary.
Three-Mile Lake Fish Renovation Planned for Sept 20-22

Three-Mile Lake Fish Renovation Planned for Sept 20-22

  • 9/13/2016 12:02:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will begin a fish renovation at Three-Mile Lake in Union County on Sep. 20th.  DNR staff will treat the watershed streams on Sept. 20-21 with Prentox® PrenfishTM, a plant-based fish toxicant commonly known as Rotenone to eradicate the current fish population, and the lake on Sept. 22nd. 
Fall Fishing Frenzy

Fall Fishing Frenzy

  • 9/13/2016 11:54:00 AM
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Fall is a great time to be outdoors. The air is cool, the views are picturesque and the fish are pulling out of their late summer slumber.
Fishing Regulations to be Relaxed at Central Park Lake

Fishing Regulations to be Relaxed at Central Park Lake

  • 8/31/2016 2:35:00 PM
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CENTER JUNCTION - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will relax fishing regulations at Central Park Lake in Jones County starting on September 3, to allow anglers to more freely harvest game fish before the lake is renovated this fall.
9 Common Fishing Mistakes

9 Common Fishing Mistakes

  • 8/31/2016 1:36:00 PM
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Sure, fishing is about a lot more than catching fish – it’s being out in nature, relaxing, spending time with friends and family. But let’s be honest – it’s just a lot of fun to reel in a lunker. If the fish are stealing your bait or each cast comes up empty, here are some reasons you may not be catching fish.
Fishing Regulations to be Relaxed at Corydon Reservoir

Fishing Regulations to be Relaxed at Corydon Reservoir

  • 8/30/2016 12:55:00 PM
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Corydon – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will relax fishing regulations at Corydon Reservoir in Wayne County, effective immediately, to allow anglers to more freely harvest game fish before the lake is renovated this fall.
Fall Fishing in Iowa Rivers

Fall Fishing in Iowa Rivers

  • 8/30/2016 12:51:00 PM
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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.
Water Level to Drop at Fogle Lake

Water Level to Drop at Fogle Lake

  • 8/30/2016 12:50:00 PM
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DIAGONAL – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to begin lowering Fogle Lake near Diagonal in Ringgold County after the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Public Meeting to Discuss Silver Lake's Improvement Plan

Public Meeting to Discuss Silver Lake's Improvement Plan

  • 8/23/2016 12:41:00 PM
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MANSON - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Iowa State University and the Silver Lake Protective Association will host a public meeting at 6 p.m., August 29, at the Ayrshire Community Building in Ayrshire, to discuss plans for improving the water quality in Silver Lake in Palo Alto County.
4 Lures That Walleye Can’t Resist

4 Lures That Walleye Can’t Resist

  • 8/10/2016 2:11:00 PM
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Elusive and defiant, the walleye has duped even the most determined fanatics for decades. Struggle no more to wrangle in these clever beasts with a few surefire methods. With the necessary gear and the right technique, no amount of bad luck can keep the walleye from biting on your line.
Late Summer Underwater Weed Control for Ponds

Late Summer Underwater Weed Control for Ponds

  • 8/9/2016 12:15:00 PM
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Pond plants are essential for healthy fish populations and good water quality, but can become a nuisance.  Finding ways to reduce plant abundance to make pond access easier, without getting rid of them altogether, is a challenge for many pond owners.
Summer Tips to Land Iowa's Big Fish

Summer Tips to Land Iowa's Big Fish

  • 8/8/2016 12:46:00 PM
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The key to catching big fish is finding places that have big fish. Quickly find the best spots to catch master angler qualifying size fish with the electronic map recently added to DNR Master Angler program website (click on "Map" above the photos) or search for local hotspots by species or location.
Hooking Summer Catfish

Hooking Summer Catfish

  • 8/2/2016 12:37:00 PM
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Start a new family tradition this summer – go fishing for catfish. Bring along two coolers with ice, one to keep your bait firm and fresh and another to keep your catch cold and preserve that great taste.
Tales From the Sundown Club

Tales From the Sundown Club

  • 7/29/2016 12:47:00 PM
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A familiar pond takes on a surreal new world as darkness settles and an angler’s senses rely more on sound and feel than eyesight.
Fishing regulations to be relaxed at McKinley Lake

Fishing regulations to be relaxed at McKinley Lake

  • 7/27/2016 9:45:00 AM
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CRESTON- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will relax fishing regulations at McKinley Lake in Union County, effective immediately, due to a water level drawdown needed for Creston’s Adams Street bridge replacement project. 
Summer tips to land Iowa’s big fish

Summer tips to land Iowa’s big fish

  • 7/27/2016 9:29:00 AM
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Iowa anglers have lots of opportunities to earn a Master Angler award this summer. The Master Angler program celebrates angler success for catching quality sized fish by awarding a vehicle or boat decal and certificate for each fish that meets program criteria.
Gone fishing for summer

Gone fishing for summer

  • 7/27/2016 9:27:00 AM
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Summer is all about relaxing with family and friends. Add fishing to your list of summer activities.  Plan a day trip or bring along fishing gear on your next weekend getaway or camping trip.
King of the Stream: Chasing a Trophy Trout

King of the Stream: Chasing a Trophy Trout

  • 7/26/2016 10:15:00 AM
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Slightly shook up, I stopped fishing and tried to gather myself. I thought, “I just lost the largest trout I have ever hooked in an Iowa stream.” It had to be in the 18- to 20-inch range—a brown trout produced naturally in this stream.
State Parks Impacted by Recent Rains

State Parks Impacted by Recent Rains

  • 7/19/2016 11:45:00 AM
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People planning park visits in the near future are reminded to check on current conditions before heading out. Several Iowa state parks have been impacted by recent heavy rainfalls.
4 Cool Things You Should Know About Mussels

4 Cool Things You Should Know About Mussels

  • 7/15/2016 8:50:00 AM
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Most people have seen the empty shell of a clam or mussel, but significantly fewer have seen the actual animals that live in there. Get a good look before they’re gone – these animals are some of the most threatened by habitat alteration and pollution today.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet July 14 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to Meet July 14 in Des Moines

  • 7/11/2016 1:20:00 PM
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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., on July 14, at in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines.
6 best bass baits and lures for summer

6 best bass baits and lures for summer

  • 7/8/2016 12:53:00 PM
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When it comes to gamefish, not many have captivated the gaze of avid anglers like the bass. No matter when, where, or what you’re fishing in, consider using these foolproof baits to attract bass of all types.
Get the lowdown on river fishing in Iowa

Get the lowdown on river fishing in Iowa

  • 7/7/2016 1:46:00 PM
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With many thousands of miles of rivers in Iowa, and many methods to fishing them, there are many theories, techniques, and so-called secrets of the trade. So where do you start?
Central Park Lake Improvement Project Moves to In-lake Restoration Phase in Fall 2016

Central Park Lake Improvement Project Moves to In-lake Restoration Phase in Fall 2016

  • 7/5/2016 11:30:00 AM
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For over 50 years the lake at Central Park has been the hub of Jones County Conservation’s recreational opportunities.  Located in the heart of Jones County, residents have benefited from its presence by swimming, fishing, paddling or strolling along its shoreline, in addition to its annual $7.84 million positive economic impact. 
Iowa Fisheries Biologist Recognized for Excellence in Research

Iowa Fisheries Biologist Recognized for Excellence in Research

  • 7/5/2016 11:28:00 AM
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Iowa fisheries research biologist Jonathan Meerbeek was recognized as the Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) at their annual meeting last week in Saint Louis.
Iowa DNR: 30 Years, 30 Natural Resource Successes

Iowa DNR: 30 Years, 30 Natural Resource Successes

  • 6/21/2016 10:23:00 AM
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DES MOINES — July 1 marks the 30th anniversary of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, established by the State Legislature when several state agencies consolidated in 1986. To help commemorate the 30th anniversary, the DNR is highlighting 30 success stories for Iowa’s natural resources during the last three decades.
Holstein Teacher Recognized for Outstanding Fishing Program

Holstein Teacher Recognized for Outstanding Fishing Program

  • 6/14/2016 12:18:00 PM
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Justin Kinney, physical education and health instructor at Ridge View High School in Holstein, is the 2016 recipient of the Brass Bluegill award from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fish Iowa! program.
Take Dad Fishing for Father's Day

Take Dad Fishing for Father's Day

  • 6/14/2016 12:17:00 PM
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As we honor dad this weekend, give dad something he will always treasure – quality time together. Take dad fishing and create memories that you can relive every time you’re together.
June Is Invasive Species Awareness Month

June Is Invasive Species Awareness Month

  • 6/9/2016 8:30:00 AM
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In an effort to increase awareness of invasive species and the impact they have on Iowa’s ecosystems and economy, Governor Branstad recently proclaimed June as Invasive Species Awareness Month in Iowa.
June is Great Outdoors Month

June is Great Outdoors Month

  • 6/7/2016 12:32:00 PM
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The 2016 summer recreation season is just getting started and there are plenty of days ahead to enjoy the outdoors.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet June 9 in Webster County

Natural Resource Commission to Meet June 9 in Webster County

  • 6/6/2016 9:04:00 AM
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OTHO, Iowa – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 8:30 a.m., on June 9, at Center Lodge, in Dolliver Memorial state Park, 2757 Dolliver Park Ave., Otho. 
Fishing the Graveyard Shift

Fishing the Graveyard Shift

  • 5/26/2016 3:11:00 PM
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Ultimately, I think the lure of the riverbank and flathead fishing is that life slows down so much. It is so very simple, so basic and elemental, almost like a form of asceticism. Life is reduced to its simplest terms.
Know Your Catch: How to ID Northern Pike and Muskies

Know Your Catch: How to ID Northern Pike and Muskies

  • 5/25/2016 10:47:00 AM
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Pikes and muskellunge are both predatory prize fish any angler would love to catch, but knowing the difference between the two makes a big difference in your fishing story… especially if you need to tell it to a conservation officer, because the rules for these species are different. Check out the easy tips below for identifying what’s on your line and what to do about it.
Top Urban Fishing Spots in Des Moines

Top Urban Fishing Spots in Des Moines

  • 5/18/2016 10:15:00 AM
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Sixty percent of anglers travel no more than 20 miles to fish. For those near Iowa’s largest metro, hit these local picks. (Stay tuned for top spots in more cities in future issues.)
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