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Notes from Iowa’s outdoors

Notes from Iowa’s outdoors

  • 5/8/2018 11:57:00 AM
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Iowa’s 2018 reported spring turkey harvest is approaching 9,300 birds. Last year, hunters reported nearly 11,800 turkeys. Iowa’s spring turkey hunting season ends May 20.
Family trout fishing event Saturday at Summerset Park

Family trout fishing event Saturday at Summerset Park

  • 4/3/2018 1:12:00 PM
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INDIANOLA – A family trout fishing event will be held at Banner Lake South at Summerset Park, north of Indianola, this Saturday, April 7 at 11 a.m. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release 1,400 rainbow trout.
Northeast Iowa trout stream stocking begins April 2

Northeast Iowa trout stream stocking begins April 2

  • 3/20/2018 1:04:00 PM
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The popular trout stream stocking season starts April 2.  By Saturday, April 7, every stocked stream will have received at least one stocking of 10-12 inch trout.
Spring urban trout stocking starts March 23

Spring urban trout stocking starts March 23

  • 3/6/2018 1:15:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources 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.
Family trout fishing event Saturday at Bondurant

Family trout fishing event Saturday at Bondurant

  • 2/6/2018 2:08:00 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. 
Winter urban trout stocking starts Jan. 13

Winter urban trout stocking starts Jan. 13

  • 1/2/2018 1:48:00 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.
Fall trout spawn in full swing

Fall trout spawn in full swing

  • 11/15/2017 10:58:00 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.
Fall urban trout stocking begins October 14

Fall urban trout stocking begins October 14

  • 10/10/2017 12:57:00 PM
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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 3:07:00 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 1:37:00 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.
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.
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. 
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. 
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
Take a

Take a "Kid" Fishing

  • 11/16/2016 3:00:00 PM
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The first day of November looked to be a promising day. I had the morning off to go trout fishing and the weather was cooperating. Like most people, I don’t go fishing nearly often enough so I wanted to share my outing with someone. My husband and kids would all be at work. The grandkids were in school or at the sitter’s. As I considered my options, my husband’s uncle came to mind. 
Casting for Recovery: Healing through trout fishing

Casting for Recovery: Healing through trout fishing

  • 10/25/2016 10:21:00 AM
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They share one commonality: their struggle with breast cancer. And for one weekend in the crisp October air, they can suspend their worries. Away from the doctors’ offices, the institutional rooms, the critical decisions: surgery, radiation, chemotherapy. The nagging questions: How much? How long? What if? Here, they can focus on placing a dry fly where a trout can’t resist it. Wellness. 
10 top destinations for trout fishing this fall

10 top destinations for trout fishing this fall

  • 10/18/2016 11:14:00 AM
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Start a new fall tradition with a trip to 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.
2016 Iowa trout angler survey

2016 Iowa trout angler survey

  • 10/11/2016 3:25:00 PM
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Anglers who purchased the trout permit for the 2016 season may receive a postcard soon encouraging them to participate in the 2016 Trout Angler Survey. As of October 1, 2016, nearly 45,000 resident and non-resident anglers purchased the trout permit, and 10,000 of these purchasers were selected to participate in the trout survey.
Trout fishing under a canopy of fall colors

Trout fishing under a canopy of fall colors

  • 10/4/2016 1:43:00 PM
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Enjoy the vibrant scenery 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.
Fall urban trout stocking begins October 13

Fall urban trout stocking begins October 13

  • 10/4/2016 1:42:00 PM
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Seventeen locations across Iowa are gearing up to receive trout this fall. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources 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 10 destinations for trout fishing this fall in Iowa

Top 10 destinations for trout fishing this fall in Iowa

  • 9/30/2016 10:30:00 AM
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Start a new fall tradition with a trip to 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.
King of the Stream: Chasing a Trophy Trout

King of the Stream: Chasing a Trophy Trout

  • 7/26/2016 11:15:00 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.
A Day’s Worth of Dynamite Dutch Oven Dining

A Day’s Worth of Dynamite Dutch Oven Dining

  • 6/27/2016 11:01:00 AM
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Enjoy a day’s menu of good food and camaraderie of the campfire ring with these meal-time suggestions. While the recipes may seem extensive, it’s mostly toss in the ingredients, heat and eat.
Family Trout Fishing Event This Saturday at Banner Lake

Family Trout Fishing Event This Saturday at Banner Lake

  • 4/4/2016 11:30:00 AM
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INDIANOLA – A family trout fishing event will be held at Banner Lake South at Summerset Park, north of Indianola, this Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release 1,400 rainbow trout around noon.
Spring Urban Trout Stocking Schedule

Spring Urban Trout Stocking Schedule

  • 2/23/2016 7:32:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release trout in 10 locations in areas that would not support them during warmer months.
Family Trout Fishing Event This Saturday In Ames

Family Trout Fishing Event This Saturday In Ames

  • 2/3/2016 5:10:00 AM
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AMES – A family trout fishing event will be held at Ada Hayden Heritage Park this Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will stock 2,200 rainbow trout in the north lake between 11:30 a.m. and noon.
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