The Iowa Department of Natural Resources relaxed fishing regulations at Q Pond in Osceola on June 6, to allow anglers to more freely harvest and utilize fish ahead of the anticipated loss of Q Pond’s water level.
The lake’s water level is lowering due to a leak in the drain pipe. The amount of water the lake will lose is not known, but if the level of the lake reaches the location of the leak, 10 feet or more of water depth could be lost. A water level loss to this extent will decrease the number of fish able to survive in the lake and increase the chances for a winter kill.
The lake's water level will be allowed to stabilize. Once the lake level is stabilized, an evaluation of the outlet structure will be done, and a plan will be developed to address the leak. Users should expect limited access to the lake.
Anglers with a valid fishing license will be allowed to harvest any size or number of largemouth bass, channel catfish, and all other fish species from Q Pond. Any number of fishing poles or jug fishing 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 entire water body. It is illegal to sell fish or stock captured fish into public waters. All navigation rules still apply.
Liberalized fishing regulations for Q Pond will be in effect from June 6 through March 1, 2015. Specific regulation changes include:
• Removal of bag and length limit restrictions on largemouth bass
• Removal of bag limit on channel catfish
• Removal of bag limit on crappie and bluegill
• Removal of the two line/two hook fishing restriction, however anglers must still adhere to being within visual sight of the lines
For more information contact the Iowa DNR Fisheries Biologist Andy Jansen at 641-464-3108 or Iowa DNR Conservation Officer Michael Miller at 641-414-2174.