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Cool Things You Should Know About Crayfish

Cool Things You Should Know About Crayfish

  • 11/18/2015 5:57:00 AM
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Whether you call it a crawdad, crayfish, or crawfish, the facts on these critters can be amazing. They can regrow legs, carry up to 450 eggs, and they’ve lived in Iowa for 13,000 years. And then there are cool blue crayfish like this one, called virile crayfish - scientists believe a recessive gene causes the bright blue coloring.
Know Your Bait: Legal Fishing Bait in Iowa

Know Your Bait: Legal Fishing Bait in Iowa

  • 11/17/2015 9:06:00 AM
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While many anglers buy tackle and bait from commercial dealers, others prefer to catch their own. While live bait can be extremely effective, it can also get anglers into hot water if they don’t know the bait regulations or cannot correctly identify bait species they collect from public waters.
Fall Trout Spawn

Fall Trout Spawn

  • 11/10/2015 6:32:00 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.
DNR Unveils New Face to Website

DNR Unveils New Face to Website

  • 11/3/2015 9:01:00 AM
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Visitors to www.iowadnr.gov will notice a new “look and feel” to the DNR website, offering friendlier navigation and more prominent access to the information visitors want most. The DNR introduced the updated site in late October and has received positive feedback from people visiting the website.
Online Contour Map Available for Lost Grove Lake

Online Contour Map Available for Lost Grove Lake

  • 10/20/2015 8:16:00 AM
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An online contour map is now available for Iowa’s newest lake, Lost Grove Lake, located in Scott County. A ceremony to celebrate Lost Grove Lake’s dedication was held October 7.
5 Fishing Hot Spots for Fall

5 Fishing Hot Spots for Fall

  • 10/15/2015 9:12:00 AM
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One of Iowa’s best kept secrets is excellent fall fishing. Many Iowa anglers love to fish this time of year simply because it’s a relaxing time to enjoy being on the water, with smaller crowds and picturesque views. But just as importantly, cooler temperatures trigger fish to actively search for food, and that means a lot more action on Iowa lakes and streams.
  Trout Fishing Under a Canopy of Fall Colors

Trout Fishing Under a Canopy of Fall Colors

  • 9/29/2015 12:00:00 PM
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DECORAH – Fishing Iowa’s trout streams this fall is a unique way to enjoy the cool weather and marvel at the amazing colors of fall and Iowa’s prize trout. Male brown and brook trout will display their brightest, most vibrant colors this time of year.
  Fall Urban Trout Stocking Begins October 9

Fall Urban Trout Stocking Begins October 9

  • 9/22/2015 12:00:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will begin its popular fall and winter trout stocking on Oct. 9, with releases planned for Sand Lake, in Marshalltown and North Prairie Lake, in Cedar Falls.
  4 Essential Tips and Tricks for Bowfishing

4 Essential Tips and Tricks for Bowfishing

  • 9/22/2015 12:00:00 PM
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This fast-growing sport is fast and exciting, can be done many places in the state, and has potential environmental benefits to boot. All you need is a bow, a bowfishing reel, heavy test line, and bowfishing arrows. A sport fishing license is required to bowfish in Iowa, and allows the holder to take rough fish from public lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, as well as private ponds with permission.
Fall Fishing Frenzy

Fall Fishing Frenzy

  • 9/15/2015 12:00:00 PM
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Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau, says fall is often overlooked as a prime fishing time because “many of us are in hunting mode or are busy with school activities, but there is excellent fishing to be had and most of our trophy fish are caught in the fall.”
11 Extinct Animals You Didn’t Know Were Iowan

11 Extinct Animals You Didn’t Know Were Iowan

  • 9/9/2015 12:00:00 PM
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As the eons have seen many species come and go across the globe, you may be surprised by some of the species that once called what we now know as Iowa home.
Relaxed Fishing Regulations Extended at Q Pond

Relaxed Fishing Regulations Extended at Q Pond

  • 9/8/2015 11:03:00 AM
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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.
What's The Best Time of Day to Catch Fish?

What's The Best Time of Day to Catch Fish?

  • 9/2/2015 12:00:00 PM
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Anglers may argue until they’re blue in the gills about the best bait to use in procurement of our fine, finned friends. But most are in agreement that, above all else, weather distinguishes a good day of fishing from a bad one. Not unlike most humans, weather conditions affect the behavior of our aquatic acquaintances.
Fishing Regulations Relaxed at Bob White

Fishing Regulations Relaxed at Bob White

  • 9/1/2015 12:00:00 PM
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ALLERTON- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is relaxing fishing regulations at Bob White Lake, in Wayne County, until 10:00 p.m. September 21, to allow anglers to harvest fish before the lake is drained as part of a renovation project.
How to Fish From a Kayak

How to Fish From a Kayak

  • 8/13/2015 9:52:00 AM
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Fishing from a kayak is great way to stay active and get up close with nature. There’s a unique angling challenge around each bend. Try these tips to get you started.
6 Tips for Hooking Summer Catfish

6 Tips for Hooking Summer Catfish

  • 7/29/2015 9:31:00 AM
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Fishing for catfish is a fun summer activity for the whole family. Bring along a cooler with ice to keep your catch cold and preserve that great taste. Try these simple tips for catching Ol’ Whiskers.
Explore Guthrie County: A Sleeping Giant

Explore Guthrie County: A Sleeping Giant

  • 7/23/2015 10:27:00 AM
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Take a look east, it’s nothing but flat expanse of Iowa gold. Look west, he says, and you’ve got a whole different matter. On the other side of the road, the terrain is hilly and plump with trees—the kind of place people generally drive for hours to pitch their tents on.
What To Do If You Have Poison Ivy

What To Do If You Have Poison Ivy

  • 7/17/2015 8:11:00 AM
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There can’t be a worse feeling. The itch. The burn, almost sizzling at times. The ugly blotches and blisters on your arms, your legs...anywhere you contacted it. Poison ivy.
6 Reasons You’re Not Catching Fish

6 Reasons You’re Not Catching Fish

  • 7/14/2015 8:58:00 AM
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Are you struggling to catch fish? Don’t get discouraged – you are not alone. Here are some common reasons why you aren’t catching fish and tips for being more successful.
Fishing the Thermocline for Better Summer Success

Fishing the Thermocline for Better Summer Success

  • 7/8/2015 6:57:00 AM
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Back in early May, the air was warm and the water was churning in Iowa lakes. Crappies were in tight to shore, ready to drop their life-giving bundle of eggs, and bluegills were just a cast away waiting for their turn. It was spring, the spawn was on and panfish were taking just about anything hook, line and sinker. Anyone could catch fish.
Must-Have Summer Fishing Tips

Must-Have Summer Fishing Tips

  • 7/1/2015 6:18:00 AM
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Making plans for summer outings with family and friends this summer? Add fishing to your list. Whether it’s part of your camping trip or just a day trip, schedule time to go fishing. Try these simple tips to get you started.
Learn How to Fish By Depth

Learn How to Fish By Depth

  • 6/19/2015 9:09:00 AM
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Ever wonder why you're not catching a certain fish? You might be trying at the wrong time of day at the wrong depth. Check out our infographic below to make the right call.
Father's Day Fishing Coupons

Father's Day Fishing Coupons

  • 6/17/2015 4:11:00 AM
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Print off these fishing coupons for a quick, easy and fun gift for Dad this Father's Day! (Be sure, though, that Dad has his fishing license before he goes.)
7 Iowa Fish With Open State Records: How to Catch a Record Fish

7 Iowa Fish With Open State Records: How to Catch a Record Fish

  • 6/9/2015 10:51:00 AM
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Put your name as the first entry in the history books by catching one of these seven fish species we added to the eligible State Record Fish species list in 2013. With no records for these fish currently,you can be the first to set the record! Try these tips to help you catch a record fish.
Free Fishing Weekend: What to Know Before You Head Out

Free Fishing Weekend: What to Know Before You Head Out

  • 6/2/2015 11:11:00 AM
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Free Fishing Weekend (June 5, 6 and 7, 2015) is the perfect time to take kids fishing or introduce someone to fishing. DNR staff will be at popular fishing spots across the state to assist with setting up fishing poles and distribute free fishing packets to kids that include tips for fishing, bobbers and right-sized hooks for best catching success.
7 Things To Do in Iowa's Outdoors This Week

7 Things To Do in Iowa's Outdoors This Week

  • 5/15/2015 10:01:00 AM
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While the cool weather forecasted for this week doesn’t seem to herald in the unofficial start of summer, it’s still a great time to get outside. If you’re looking for some new or different ideas to explore Iowa’s outdoors, we have a suggestion for each day of the holiday week:
6 Great Iowa State Parks for Spring Fishing

6 Great Iowa State Parks for Spring Fishing

  • 5/12/2015 11:41:00 AM
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Spring is a great time to head out fishing, so grab a buddy, call up Dad or Mom, or load the kids into the car and get out there. Plan a day trip or spend the entire weekend at one of Iowa’s great state parks. Enjoy the beautiful weather and “hook” some memories that will last a lifetime.
5 Awesome Tips for Spring Panfish Fishing

5 Awesome Tips for Spring Panfish Fishing

  • 5/1/2015 8:54:00 AM
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Crappies and bluegills are biting in small ponds and lakes across Iowa. Spring panfish fishing is a great opportunity to introduce beginners of all ages to fishing. Panfish can be caught easily and are excellent to eat. Grab your fishing pole and tackle box and try these simple tips for a fun and successful spring fishing season.
4 Lures You Need for Crappie Fishing in Iowa

4 Lures You Need for Crappie Fishing in Iowa

  • 4/22/2015 8:48:00 AM
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It’s that time of year that anglers across Iowa have been waiting for – crappies are biting. Crappies are one of the most frequently caught panfish. Add one of these lures suggested by our fisheries biologists to your tackle box and start planning your next spring fishing trip.
6 Tips for Catch and Release Fishing

6 Tips for Catch and Release Fishing

  • 4/10/2015 8:54:00 AM
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Every angler should be prepared to release some of their catch. Whether you are practicing catch and release by choice or to comply with regulations, it is necessary to release the fish quickly. Follow these simple tips to give the fish you release the best chance for survival.
11 Things You Need in Your Tackle Box Right Now - Spring Fishing Edition

11 Things You Need in Your Tackle Box Right Now - Spring Fishing Edition

  • 4/3/2015 8:10:00 AM
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Fishing is a great way for families and friends to enjoy being outdoors and learn new skills. Pack your tackle box with these basic necessities for a fun and successful spring fishing trip. Don’t forget to bring along your fishing license and a camera to capture all the memories.
Viking Lake Work Has Lasting Effect on Fishing, Water Quality

Viking Lake Work Has Lasting Effect on Fishing, Water Quality

  • 3/6/2015 7:35:00 AM
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Once so thick with algae that the water looked more like green paint than water, southwest Iowa’s Viking Lake has been on the up and up since a major watershed improvement there wrapped up in 2009.Five years of monitoring Viking Lake in southwest Iowa reveals the lake is clean enough to be removed from the list of Iowa impaired waters for algae growth.
Knots Every Angler Should Know

Knots Every Angler Should Know

  • 2/25/2015 9:15:00 AM
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Knot tying is an essential skill for beginning anglers to learn. It's not hard - it just takes some practice. Knot tying is best learned with monofilament fishing line. Try these easy to tie knots to get you started.
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