Technology and Data Management provides computer-oriented technical assistance to field personnel by developing, modifying, installing and maintaining a statewide database and other software and hardware for fisheries applications, training in the use of software and hardware, and updating and maintaining systems. Technology and Data Management strives to make information about fish, fishing, and fisheries more available and easily accessible to the public.

Current Projects:  

New information and updated maps on the web site:
On Fishing pages, integrated information is presented on updated fish, lake, river, and trout stream web pages.  It includes fishing reports, fishing forecasts, lists of amenities, location-specific fishing regulations, fish stocking history, and links to maps and fish survey data.

We have gone mobile!
Iowa has reviewed the progress of smartphone apps other states have developed.  Iowa now has implemented mobile friendly web pages.  Be sure to use license vendor search page to find a store to purchase a fishing license, our mobile version to purchase a license online, or our Fishing Atlas to find places to fish (and even fish attractors at many lake).  Remember that you can also find the lake-specific fishing regulations on each lake's web page, so if you are wondering what is legal while you are out fishing, the regulations are just away!  And, if you need to know more, the contact information for the conservation officer and the fisheries biologist are also listed on those web pages.  Now get out there and fish!

Investigating the return on investment of the urban trout program
In 2004, Iowa began an expansion of its urban trout stocking program.  Three sites have been stocked since the 1980’s, and fifteen additional stocking locations have been added recently.  Iowa’s electronic license sales database provides information about sales of trout fishing permits, including the timing and location of sales, the demographics of purchasers, and the home address of purchasers.  This information is used to assess the success of urban trout stocking by looking at new purchases (purchasers who had never previously purchased a trout privilege) and continuation of purchases (frequency of trout privilege purchases in subsequent years).  Trout privilege purchases have increased in recent years, and the location of new purchasers is associated with locations of urban trout stocking.

Investigating Fishing License Purchase Patterns

The DNR Fisheries Bureau is funded solely by the sales of fishing and hunting license and equipment, thus the ability to continue managing Iowa fisheries is contingent upon the continued sales of these licenses. After years of simply selling fishing licenses, the DNR began a partnership with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) in 2005 to undertake and assess fishing license promotional efforts. These outreach efforts were initiated in response to declining or fluctuating fishing license sales over a period of years. Fishing outreach campaigns have varied from localized efforts to statewide, and from specific target populations to all anglers. By utilizing strategies to sell more fishing licenses, more financial resources become available to invest in maintaining and improving fishery resources.

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Technology and Data Management
Fisheries Biometrician- Jeff Kopaska

Boone Wildlife Research Station
14360 255th St
Boone, IA  50036
Office: 515-432-2823