LAKE MILLS, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will relax the fishing regulations at Rice Lake (Worth/Winnebago counties) beginning Sept. 3, 2013 to allow anglers to more freely harvest game fish before the lake is renovated.
The fishery in the 1,000-acre lake will be renovated this fall. This is part of a larger shallow lakes management project to improve the water quality and habitat in the lake.
The water level has been lowered approximately four feet this summer to prepare for the renovation. The lake will be restocked in 2014. Quality fishing should return in 2016.
Anglers with a valid fishing license will be allowed to harvest any size or number of all species from Rice Lake. Any number of fishing poles, jugs or nets will be allowed. Anglers must remain in sight of these lines at all times, and follow all other fishing regulations and area rules. Trot lines will be allowed (name and address must be attached), however lines may not be set across the entire water body.
Dynamite, poison, electric shocking devices or any stupefying substances will not be allowed. It is illegal to sell fish or stock captured fish into public waters. Liberalized fishing regulations for Rice Lake will remain in effect until November 1, 2013.
Anglers should use caution on the lake because the bottom is very soft around some shoreline areas.