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Trout stocking at Bacon Creek re-scheduled for Feb. 16

Trout stocking at Bacon Creek re-scheduled for Feb. 16

  • 2/5/2019 11:07:00 AM
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SIOUX CITY – The trout stocking at Bacon Creek is scheduled for Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m. Previously scheduled for Jan. 26, the stocking was postponed due to unsafe ice conditions.
Ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20

Ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20

  • 2/5/2019 11:05:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Permanent ice shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by Feb. 20. Ice shelter owners are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to get their shelter off the ice. If a shelter falls through the ice, the owner is responsible for getting it out of the lake.
Trout stocking at Lake Petocka this week

Trout stocking at Lake Petocka this week

  • 1/29/2019 2:30:00 PM
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BONDURANT – The DNR is planning to stock trout in Lake Petocka late this week or early next week if weather and road conditions are safe.
Walleye season closes Feb. 14 on Iowa Great Lakes

Walleye season closes Feb. 14 on Iowa Great Lakes

  • 1/29/2019 2:29:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE – The walleye fishing season on Spirit, East and West Okoboji lakes is open through Feb. 14, 2019.  It will close after that date and reopen on May 4, 2019. These are the only Iowa lakes that have a closed season for walleye.
Saturday trout stocking at Lake Petocka cancelled

Saturday trout stocking at Lake Petocka cancelled

  • 1/22/2019 11:36:00 AM
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BONDURANT – The trout stocking and family trout fishing event scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 26 at Lake Petocka, has been cancelled due to current unsafe ice conditions and the forecast of inclement weather.
Ice anglers welcome cold weather

Ice anglers welcome cold weather

  • 1/22/2019 11:33:00 AM
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After an unusually mild winter, cold weather has finally arrived across Iowa and is covering previously open lakes and ponds with a layer of ice. But anglers are cautioned that just because arctic weather is here, they shouldn’t abandon their ice safety practices.
DNR postponing trout stockings in Spencer and Fort Dodge

DNR postponing trout stockings in Spencer and Fort Dodge

  • 1/16/2019 4:18:00 PM
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The Iowa DNR is postponing the trout stockings and family fishing events scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 19 at Scharnberg Pond, Spencer, and Moorland Pond, Fort Dodge, due to inclement weather expected this weekend.
Trout stocking at Big Lake postponed

Trout stocking at Big Lake postponed

  • 1/15/2019 1:03:00 PM
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COUNCIL BLUFFS – The trout stocking and family trout fishing event scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 19, at Big Lake has been postponed due to unsafe ice conditions.
Trout stocking at Bacon Creek postponed

Trout stocking at Bacon Creek postponed

  • 1/8/2019 12:37:00 PM
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SIOUX CITY – The trout stocking and family trout fishing event scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 12 at Bacon Creek has been postponed due to unsafe ice conditions.
Outdoors skills classes offered at Olofson shooting range

Outdoors skills classes offered at Olofson shooting range

  • 1/8/2019 12:34:00 PM
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Polk City, Iowa - The Olofson Shooting Range, at Big Creek State Park, has scheduled more than 70 outdoor skills programs open to the public in 2019, including hunter education, hand gun basics, taxidermy, Dutch oven cooking, how to use a trail camera and more. Programs begin on Jan. 16 with a course on cleaning and storing guns.  
Winter community trout stocking starts Jan. 12

Winter community trout stocking starts Jan. 12

  • 1/3/2019 3:26:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release trout in seven locations this winter in areas that would not support them during warmer months.
Outdoor Notes

Outdoor Notes

  • 12/27/2018 8:16:00 AM
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The unseasonably warm weather is causing ice conditions to deteriorate across much of the state. Lakes with the best ice are north of Hwy. 3. Use caution and test the ice thickness frequently if heading out and trust your instincts – if it doesn’t look right, don’t go.
Iowa Beyond BOW workshop set for Mitchell County January 25-26

Iowa Beyond BOW workshop set for Mitchell County January 25-26

  • 12/18/2018 1:18:00 PM
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Osage, Iowa - Registration is now open for the Jan. 25-26 Beyond BOW workshop in Mitchell County. The two-day, hands-on workshop headquartered at Mitchell County Conservation in Osage, is an opportunity to learn to ice fish, squirrel hunt, rabbit hunt, fur trap, and process fur and game.
Iowa Beyond BOW workshop set for Guthrie County February 8-10

Iowa Beyond BOW workshop set for Guthrie County February 8-10

  • 12/18/2018 1:16:00 PM
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Guthrie Center, Iowa - Registration is now open for the Feb. 8-10 Beyond BOW workshop in Guthrie County. The two-day, hands-on workshop headquartered at Springbrook State Park, near Guthrie Center, is an opportunity to learn to ice fish, winter survival skills, how to snowshoe and cross-country ski and more.
Natural Resource Commission to meet in Des Moines December 13

Natural Resource Commission to meet in Des Moines December 13

  • 12/7/2018 12:03:00 PM
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Des Moines, Iowa – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 13, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.  
2018 Iowa angler survey underway

2018 Iowa angler survey underway

  • 12/6/2018 8:30:00 AM
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Anglers who bought a 2018 Iowa fishing license may receive a phone call or email soon from Responsive Management encouraging them to participate in a survey to help the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) improve fishing opportunities across the state.
Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

  • 11/27/2018 11:44:00 AM
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The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa. Anglers are starting to get out for the popular early ice fishing season.
Special $10 offer for Iowa Outdoors magazine

Special $10 offer for Iowa Outdoors magazine

  • 11/26/2018 1:32:00 PM
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Do you know someone who loves the outdoors? Give the gift that lasts all year long. Iowa Outdoors is an award-winning magazine filled with beautiful photography, interesting articles and expert tips about hunting, fishing, nature destinations, hiking, camping, outdoor cooking and much more! 
Fall trout spawn in full swing

Fall trout spawn in full swing

  • 11/20/2018 11:51:00 AM
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Hundreds of yellow ovals offset the brown and green coloration of each female brown trout ready to spawn at the Manchester Fish Hatchery. The splashes of color are signs that trout spawning season is in full swing.
Grants available for fishing and boating education programs in Hispanic communities

Grants available for fishing and boating education programs in Hispanic communities

  • 11/20/2018 11:49:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Fish Iowa! angler education program has partnered with the Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation’s (RBFF) Vamos A Pescar program to provide funding to local 501(c)(3) organizations to support local efforts to educate and engage families in high-density Hispanic communities through programs, classes and fishing activities.
10 fall favorite trout fishing streams

10 fall favorite trout fishing streams

  • 11/15/2018 2:17:00 PM
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Get out and explore northeast Iowa’s trout streams this fall. From easily accessible streams in state or county parks, to streams in Iowa’s most wild and remote natural spaces – there's a perfect spot for everyone.
DNR to eliminate common carp and gizzard shad at Easter Lake

DNR to eliminate common carp and gizzard shad at Easter Lake

  • 11/13/2018 1:01:00 PM
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Des Moines - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Polk County Conservation Board, City of Des Moines, Polk Soil & Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Division of Soil Conservation, and other partners started working in 2008 to improve habitat and water quality at Easter Lake on the southeast edge of Des Moines.
Public meeting to discuss Silver Lake improvement plan

Public meeting to discuss Silver Lake improvement plan

  • 11/7/2018 9:45:00 AM
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LAKE PARK – The City of Lake Park, Wenck Engineering, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting at 6 p.m., Nov. 14, at the Lake Park Community Center (903 S Market Street) to discuss plans for improving water quality and recreational opportunities at Silver Lake in Dickinson County.
Fall fishing for Iowa’s prize trout

Fall fishing for Iowa’s prize trout

  • 10/30/2018 12:35:00 PM
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Enjoy the spectacular colors and cool weather this fall fishing in northeast Iowa’s hundreds of miles of trout streams.
7 lakes you’ve got to fish this fall

7 lakes you’ve got to fish this fall

  • 10/23/2018 2:27:00 PM
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Get out and enjoy Iowa’s fantastic fishing opportunities. The air is cool, the views are picturesque, lakes are less crowded and the fish are easy to catch.
Zebra mussels found in Lost Island Lake

Zebra mussels found in Lost Island Lake

  • 10/23/2018 10:45:00 AM
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Ruthven, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently confirmed that zebra mussels are in Lost Island Lake near Ruthven in Palo Alto County.
Terra Lake added to fall community trout stocking schedule

Terra Lake added to fall community trout stocking schedule

  • 10/16/2018 11:44:00 AM
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JOHNSTON, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will stock trout at 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 24 at Terra Lake, as the trout program’s community fisheries, expands its central Iowa stockings to Johnston.
Missouri River group to meet October 24 in Sioux City

Missouri River group to meet October 24 in Sioux City

  • 10/11/2018 2:30:00 PM
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SIOUX CITY - The State Interagency Missouri River Authority (SIMRA) will hear about precipitation trends, navigation updates, fish management strategies and more at its Oct. 24 meeting in Sioux City.
Fall community trout stocking starts October 19

Fall community trout stocking starts October 19

  • 10/9/2018 12:06:00 PM
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Seventeen lakes across Iowa are gearing up to receive trout this fall. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at each location as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support them during the summer months. 
Moderate flooding at the Manchester Fish Hatchery

Moderate flooding at the Manchester Fish Hatchery

  • 10/3/2018 1:54:00 PM
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MANCHESTER – Saturated soils and heavy rain on Oct. 1 caused moderate flooding at the Manchester Fish Hatchery. Water was about three feet above the tops of the lower raceways and ½ inch from entering the office building.  
Natural Resource Commission to meet October 11 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet October 11 in Des Moines

  • 10/1/2018 8:28:00 AM
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Des Moines, Iowa – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 11, in the Wallace State Office Building, fourth floor conference room, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.  
7 hidden surprises at Yellow River State Forest

7 hidden surprises at Yellow River State Forest

  • 9/19/2018 9:12:00 AM
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With 8,900 acres of forest nestled in Iowa’s Driftless region, Yellow River State Forest holds its fair share of hidden surprises. With so many different options, you’re sure to find your peace in this special place of rugged tranquility, says Park Ranger Rylan Retallick. Here are his top picks for the forest.
Fall fishing is one of Iowa's best kept secrets

Fall fishing is one of Iowa's best kept secrets

  • 9/18/2018 3:16:00 PM
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Fall is a great time to catch fish with family and friends. The air is cool, the views are picturesque, lakes are less crowded and the fish are easy to catch.
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