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A Spring Quadfecta

A Spring Quadfecta

  • 4/7/2017 11:15:00 AM
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Last year was the first year I attempted a spring quadfecta: a turkey, a limit of trout, morels and wild asparagus.
Pleasant Creek Lake restoration project nearing completion

Pleasant Creek Lake restoration project nearing completion

  • 4/4/2017 12:42:00 PM
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PALO – The restoration of Pleasant Creek Lake, Linn County’s largest and most popular lake, that began last fall is nearly complete. All that remains to be finished is some concrete work and seeding the area.​
Remember the Chickadee Check-off as tax season winds down

Remember the Chickadee Check-off as tax season winds down

  • 4/4/2017 12:37:00 PM
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Last year, roughly 7,500 out of 1.6 million Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state income tax form. Despite a steady increase in the total number of tax returns since 2009, the number of donations has stayed roughly the same since 2010.
Cedar River: the heart of Charles City

Cedar River: the heart of Charles City

  • 3/31/2017 10:14:00 AM
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After Cedar River floodwaters hit hard in 2008 and 2016, even washing away the iconic century-old suspension bridge in 2008, you wouldn’t expect Charles City to embrace the river. 
Our picks for Iowa's top nine trout streams in 2017

Our picks for Iowa's top nine trout streams in 2017

  • 3/29/2017 11:54:00 AM
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More than 300,000 catchable-sized rainbow and brook trout, and 110,000 fingerling brown trout will be stocked in hundreds of miles of northeast Iowa streams between April 3 and October 2017.
Family trout fishing event April 8 at Summerset Park

Family trout fishing event April 8 at Summerset Park

  • 3/28/2017 12:01:00 PM
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INDIANOLA – A family trout fishing event will be held at Banner Lake South at Summerset Park, north of Indianola, April 8 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release 1,400 rainbow trout around noon.
Iowans celebrate water quality successes in annual review

Iowans celebrate water quality successes in annual review

  • 3/23/2017 11:54:00 AM
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DES MOINES — The efforts of Iowans to improve Iowa’s lakes, rivers and streams have resulted in success stories across the state, and a new publication is showcasing some of the most impressive efforts over the last decade. 
Time to start controlling plants in Iowa ponds

Time to start controlling plants in Iowa ponds

  • 3/21/2017 11:59:00 AM
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Although pond plant growth is not always the same each year; if you had problems using your pond last year, you could have similar problems this year. A healthy pond needs aquatic plant habitat, but too many plants can limit the pond’s use and cause imbalances in the fish population.
Northeast Iowa goes wild for trout

Northeast Iowa goes wild for trout

  • 3/16/2017 3:27:00 PM
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​Things are getting even wilder in northeast Iowa. Watershed projects on northeast Iowa’s famed trout streams over the last two decades have improved water quality, and in turn, wild trout populations, fishing and tourism. By changing the way water comes into trout streams, watershed projects have kept excess sediment, nutrients and bacteria out of the water. 
Ice-out channel catfish are biting

Ice-out channel catfish are biting

  • 3/14/2017 11:38:00 AM
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Channel catfish are close to shore and eager to bite in many lakes and the large reservoirs across Iowa. After eating light during the winter, channel catfish go on a feeding frenzy in early spring eating gizzard shad and other small fish that died over the winter.
Northeast Iowa trout stream stocking begins April 3

Northeast Iowa trout stream stocking begins April 3

  • 3/14/2017 11:37:00 AM
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The popular annual stream trout stocking season starts April 3.  Find out when your favorite trout stream will be stocked with the stocking calendar available on the DNR website.
Spring urban trout stocking schedule

Spring urban trout stocking schedule

  • 3/7/2017 1:16:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) 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.
Natural Resource Commission to meet March 9 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet March 9 in Des Moines

  • 3/6/2017 9:47:00 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., March 9, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers paddlefish fishing season opens March 1

Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers paddlefish fishing season opens March 1

  • 2/14/2017 1:36:00 PM
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The paddlefish fishing season opens March 1 on the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers and runs through April 15 (sunrise to sunset). Anglers fishing for paddlefish must have a valid Iowa fishing license, along with a special paddlefish license and unused transportation tag.
DNR officer pulls angler from West Lake Osceola

DNR officer pulls angler from West Lake Osceola

  • 2/10/2017 1:56:00 PM
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Osceola, Iowa - State Conservation Officer Michael Miller was on routine patrol late Friday morning when he saw two men setting up an ice fishing shelter on West Lake Osceola, in southern Iowa.
Ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20

Ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20

  • 2/7/2017 12:53:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Permanent ice shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by February 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.
Walleye season closes Feb. 14 on Iowa Great Lakes

Walleye season closes Feb. 14 on Iowa Great Lakes

  • 2/1/2017 9:48:00 AM
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SPIRIT LAKE – The walleye fishing season on Spirit, East and West Okoboji lakes is open through February 14, 2017. After that date it will be closed and reopens again on May 6, 2017. These are the only Iowa lakes that have a closed season for walleye.
Trout stocking at Ada Hayden postponed

Trout stocking at Ada Hayden postponed

  • 2/1/2017 9:47:00 AM
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AMES – The trout stocking scheduled for this Saturday, Feb. 4 at Ada Hayden in Ames has been postponed due to unsafe ice conditions. 
Trout survey prize winners announced

Trout survey prize winners announced

  • 1/24/2017 1:22:00 PM
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BOONE - The recently completed 2016 Iowa Trout Angler Survey received more than 3,500 responses of which 11 names were drawn for prizes.
Garner to oversee DNR’s conservation and recreation division

Garner to oversee DNR’s conservation and recreation division

  • 1/24/2017 1:20:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Natural Resources director Chuck Gipp has promoted Dr. Dale Garner to lead the division that oversees the Lands and Waters, Forestry, State Parks, Law Enforcement, Fisheries and Wildlife bureaus, replacing Kelley Myers who has accepted a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  
Trout stocking at Lake Petocka postponed

Trout stocking at Lake Petocka postponed

  • 1/24/2017 1:18:00 PM
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Bondurant – The trout stocking and family fishing event scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 28 at Lake Petocka has been postponed due to unsafe ice conditions.
Chickadee tax check-off hopes for a needed increase in donations on 2016 tax forms

Chickadee tax check-off hopes for a needed increase in donations on 2016 tax forms

  • 1/24/2017 1:17:00 PM
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Last year, roughly 7,500 out of 1.6 million Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state tax form.  Despite a steady increase in the total number of returns since 2009, this amount has stayed roughly the same since 2010, with only small fluctuations.
Trout stocking at Big Lake postponed

Trout stocking at Big Lake postponed

  • 1/19/2017 4:06:00 PM
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Council Bluffs – The trout stocking scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 20 at Big Lake has been postponed until spring due to rapidly deteriorating ice conditions. 
Come along ice fishing with DNR via Facebook Live

Come along ice fishing with DNR via Facebook Live

  • 1/17/2017 2:00:00 PM
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VAN METER - Iowa DNR staff will be offering ice fishing tips and techniques, along with ice safety information, live from the ice of Badger Creek Lake on Wednesday afternoon.
Deadline to buy paddlefish license is Jan. 31

Deadline to buy paddlefish license is Jan. 31

  • 1/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
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Iowa anglers have until January 31 to buy their 2017 paddlefish license for the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers. The special paddlefish season runs from March 1 to April 15.
2016 hunting, fishing licenses expire Jan. 10

2016 hunting, fishing licenses expire Jan. 10

  • 1/3/2017 1:16:00 PM
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2016 hunting and fishing licenses expire on Jan. 10, 2017. All hunters and anglers will need a 2017 license to hunt or fish beginning Jan. 11.
Members sought for Brushy Creek board

Members sought for Brushy Creek board

  • 12/27/2016 2:15:00 PM
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Hikers, bikers and horseback riders interested in protecting, preserving and enhancing the trail system at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area are being encouraged to serve on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Brushy Creek Trail Advisory Board.
Winter urban trout stocking begins Jan. 14

Winter urban trout stocking begins Jan. 14

  • 12/27/2016 2:13:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release trout in seven locations this winter in areas that would not support them during warmer months.
Spend a winter day ice fishing

Spend a winter day ice fishing

  • 12/27/2016 2:12:00 PM
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Get a group of friends and/or family together, bundle up and try ice fishing this winter. Ice fishing is a fun, social winter activity best enjoyed as a group.
Missouri River paddlefish licenses on sale now

Missouri River paddlefish licenses on sale now

  • 12/22/2016 10:12:00 AM
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Try a new fishing experience this spring – snagging paddlefish on the Missouri River. Paddlefish licenses are on sale now through Jan. 31, 2017.
Ice safety reminder as Iowa lakes freeze over

Ice safety reminder as Iowa lakes freeze over

  • 12/20/2016 12:00:00 PM
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The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa and sending anglers out for the popular early ice fishing of the season.
Water level to drop at Easter Lake ahead of renovation this spring

Water level to drop at Easter Lake ahead of renovation this spring

  • 12/20/2016 11:58:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources with the Polk County Conservation, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the City of Des Moines will begin another phase of work on Easter Lake to improve habitat and water quality on the 179-acre lake on the southeast edge of Des Moines.
Ice fishing not advised on the upper Mississippi River pools

Ice fishing not advised on the upper Mississippi River pools

  • 12/15/2016 4:52:00 PM
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Unpredictable changes in water levels are occurring on the Upper Mississippi River pools this week due to ice in the Lock and Dam gates at Locks 7, 9 and 10.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to remove the ice frozen on the gates, but water levels could drop as much as 4 feet. 
Put More Urban Trout In Your Creel

Put More Urban Trout In Your Creel

  • 12/8/2016 4:19:00 PM
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The DNR keeps expanding its urban trout program, which brings trout fishing closer to anglers across Iowa.
Registration is open for 2017 Invasive Species Conference

Registration is open for 2017 Invasive Species Conference

  • 12/7/2016 11:28:00 AM
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Online registration is open and a preliminary agenda available for the 2017 Iowa Invasive Species Conference on March 28 – 29, 2017 at the Honey Creek Resort at Rathbun Lake, in Moravia.
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