Late Spring Will Delay Trout Stocking on Some Streams
MANCHESTER - Trout stocking will be delayed at some northeast Iowa streams due to poor road conditions at some locations and snow piles blocking accesses at others.
Trout will be released at streams where access conditions are suitable and, in some cases, limited to stocking from a bridge or parking lot. As conditions improve, the three trout hatcheries will adjust their stocking plans.
“We want to provide some opportunity for trout fishing even if we can’t provide a full stocking for the stream at each pool,” said Dan Kirby, fisheries biologist at the Manchester Trout Hatchery.
Streams that will begin receiving catchable stockings the first week of April include the Turkey River, Little Paint, Bailey’s Ford, Swiss Valley, Coldwater, West Canoe, Bigalk, Bohemian, Spring, Turtle, Twin Springs, and Trout Run.
Additionally, North and South Bear will receive an unannounced stocking during the first week of April.
“We plan to stock additional streams as soon as the access roads dry up enough for our trucks to get in,” said Wayne Wingert of the Big Spring Hatchery.
A second issue facing trout hatcheries at Decorah and Big Spring is the potential of rain and snowmelt runoff muddying the spring water. Hatcheries cannot fill stocking tanks with muddy water.
“There is the potential that rain and runoff could halt our ability to transport trout until the water cleared to the point where the fish could tolerate it,” said Brian Malaise, hatchery manager at Decorah.
The trout stocking hotline will have the most up to date information and anglers should call before heading to the stream. The stocking hotline number is 563-927-5736.