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Examples of activities DNR Fisheries staff undertakes to improve your fishing:

Lake and Watershed Construction
The Department of Natural Resources Lake Restoration Program (LRP) focuses on restoring impaired lakes to improve the quality of life for Iowans. Communities are rallying around their water resources as they seek population growth and economic success. Communities of the Iowa Great Lakes Region, Storm Lake, Creston and Clear Lake are obvious examples, but many other communities are identifying the importance of lakes for their futures as well.

Shallow Lake Restoration
Many of Iowa's shallow lakes have been known to have the worst water quality in Iowa. They have grown murky and green. Vegetation is limited or non-existent. With improved water quality; fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing will also be improved.

Diamond Lake Restoration:



Diamond Lake, Dickinson County


Walleye Fingerling Stocking
Advanced Walleye Fingerling Stocking
Producing high quality and quantity of walleye fingerlings is vital to Iowa's lakes and rivers.  Through extensive research, the Rathbun Fish Culture Research Facility has been focused on producing advanced walleye fingerlings.  Through this work, the Rathbun hatchery has been successful in producing 9.5-10" walleye to be stocked throughout Iowa each year.

Habitat Restoration
As managers of public fishing waters we want to provide the best fishing possible using a combination of good water quality, balanced fish populations and adequate angler access.  Aquatic plants play a part in each of these three aspects.  A sustainable fishery requires a good deal of plant habitat.  Therefore, our goal is to find and introduce non-invasive plants to our lakes that benefit both water quality and fish while not hindering those who fish and enjoy other forms of lake recreation.