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Hooking summer catfish

Hooking summer catfish

  • 7/31/2018 12:45:00 PM
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Fishing for catfish is a summer tradition for many Iowa families. Invite someone new to come along this year to share the fun and memories.
Visit the DNR at the 2018 Iowa State Fair

Visit the DNR at the 2018 Iowa State Fair

  • 7/31/2018 12:42:00 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa – As the 2018 Iowa State Fair kicks off, be sure to stop by the DNR building located at the west end of the fairgrounds near Gate 11.
5 Fun Summer Fishing Getaways

5 Fun Summer Fishing Getaways

  • 7/30/2018 12:58:00 PM
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Take that long-needed break and go fishing with your family before the crazy back to school schedule starts!
Water level to drop at Hickory Grove Lake ahead of restoration

Water level to drop at Hickory Grove Lake ahead of restoration

  • 7/24/2018 11:15:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Story County Conservation Board plan to start drawing down Hickory Grove Lake near Colo in Story County as early as August 6th as part of the continued lake restoration efforts to improve water quality and enhance accessibility and recreational opportunities.
Fishing regulations relaxed at Hickory Grove Lake

Fishing regulations relaxed at Hickory Grove Lake

  • 7/17/2018 11:17:00 AM
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Colo – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has relaxed the fishing regulations at Hickory Grove Lake to allow anglers to more freely harvest game fish before the lake is renovated.
High water conditions continue on the Iowa Great Lakes

High water conditions continue on the Iowa Great Lakes

  • 7/3/2018 10:49:00 AM
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The U.S. Geological Survey gauging stations put the water levels on the Iowa Great Lakes at its highest since 1993. Although lake levels are far from 1993's record levels, there are concerns about shoreline erosion and property damage.
600-foot no-wake zone placed at Iowa Great Lakes, Silver Lake

600-foot no-wake zone placed at Iowa Great Lakes, Silver Lake

  • 6/26/2018 10:56:00 AM
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The Emergency Management Commission in Dickinson County put into place a 600-foot no-wake zone along shore of East & West Lake Okoboji, Upper and Lower Gar, Minnewashta Lake, Silver Lake at Lake Park and Center Lake, effective immediately.
DNR on patrol for boating under the influence

DNR on patrol for boating under the influence

  • 6/26/2018 10:51:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Boating while intoxicated is a top enforcement priority for Iowa DNR conservation officers during an upcoming special enforcement project and during the Fourth of July holiday.
Kettleson Hogsback is like nowhere else in Iowa

Kettleson Hogsback is like nowhere else in Iowa

  • 6/19/2018 12:35:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE - Dickinson County is home to a unique Iowa glacial area that has been attracting thousands of visitors a year, some from as far away as California, just to enjoy the scenery.
Choose your perfect fishing experience

Choose your perfect fishing experience

  • 6/13/2018 2:55:00 PM
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Getting outdoors and fishing is a little different for everyone. Some people want to get away from it all, and others enjoy a few extra amenities nearby to extend the fun. Whatever you prefer, we’ve got you covered! Here’s suggestions for some excellent Des Moines area fishing spots if…
Decorah Fish Hatchery renaming dedication

Decorah Fish Hatchery renaming dedication

  • 6/12/2018 3:09:00 PM
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DECORAH, Iowa – The Natural Resources Commission voted on May 16 to rename the DNR’s Decorah Fish Hatchery after retired director Chuck Gipp.
Stay safe outdoors in hot weather

Stay safe outdoors in hot weather

  • 6/12/2018 1:51:00 PM
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There are many adventure-packed, outdoor summer activities to do in the sun, but it is crucial for your safety to know the proper precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.
Late ice delays curlyleaf pondweed growth in Iowa Great Lakes

Late ice delays curlyleaf pondweed growth in Iowa Great Lakes

  • 5/22/2018 10:43:00 AM
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SPIRIT LAKE - The record breaking late ice on the Iowa Great Lakes delayed curlyleaf pondweed growth in the Iowa Great Lakes, but it will top out in portions of East Okoboji Lake and other lakes this week.
5 cool things you should know about worms

5 cool things you should know about worms

  • 5/15/2018 1:37:00 PM
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Most of us see earthworms after a long rainstorm, slinking across the sidewalk. You may have even eaten one or two after your friend dared you (although we wouldn’t recommend it!). While most of us dissected these critters in science class, how well do we remember our worm facts?
Help stop aquatic hitchhikers

Help stop aquatic hitchhikers

  • 5/15/2018 11:01:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds all boaters and anglers to “Clean, Drain, and Dry” their boats and equipment this Memorial Day weekend to protect Iowa lakes and rivers from aquatic hitchhikers.
Iowa residents enjoy free fishing days June 1-3, 2018

Iowa residents enjoy free fishing days June 1-3, 2018

  • 5/15/2018 11:00:00 AM
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Iowa residents can try fishing without buying a license on June 1, 2 and 3 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) free fishing weekend. All other regulations remain in place.
Natural Resource Commission to meet via teleconference May 16

Natural Resource Commission to meet via teleconference May 16

  • 5/11/2018 12:33:00 PM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet via teleconference at 7:30 a.m. on May 16. The meeting will originate from the fourth-floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Notes from Iowa’s outdoors

Notes from Iowa’s outdoors

  • 5/8/2018 10:57:00 AM
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Iowa’s 2018 reported spring turkey harvest is approaching 9,300 birds. Last year, hunters reported nearly 11,800 turkeys. Iowa’s spring turkey hunting season ends May 20.
Natural Resource Commission to meet May 10

Natural Resource Commission to meet May 10

  • 5/4/2018 2:23:00 PM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m. on May 10, in the four floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Late spring delays walleye netting in Iowa lakes

Late spring delays walleye netting in Iowa lakes

  • 4/24/2018 11:19:00 AM
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MORAVIA, Iowa – Crews with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are usually working around the clock in early April collecting walleyes. The cold, late spring is making this year’s collection schedule less predictable and much later than normal.
Natural Resource Commission to meet April 12

Natural Resource Commission to meet April 12

  • 4/6/2018 1:33:00 PM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m. on April 12, in the four floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Family trout fishing event Saturday at Summerset Park

Family trout fishing event Saturday at Summerset Park

  • 4/3/2018 12:12:00 PM
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INDIANOLA – A family trout fishing event will be held at Banner Lake South at Summerset Park, north of Indianola, this Saturday, April 7 at 11 a.m. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release 1,400 rainbow trout.
Fishing Frenzy: 2018 Fishing Forecast

Fishing Frenzy: 2018 Fishing Forecast

  • 3/28/2018 8:33:00 AM
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We have 10 categories of recommended angling fun—everything from beginner to challenging, best with a boat, off the beaten path, master angler worthy and best for the whole family. 
Northeast Iowa trout stream stocking begins April 2

Northeast Iowa trout stream stocking begins April 2

  • 3/20/2018 12:04:00 PM
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The popular trout stream stocking season starts April 2.  By Saturday, April 7, every stocked stream will have received at least one stocking of 10-12 inch trout.
Time to start controlling plants in Iowa ponds

Time to start controlling plants in Iowa ponds

  • 3/20/2018 11:50:00 AM
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Although pond plant growth is not always the same each year; if you had problems using your pond last year, you could have similar problems this year. A healthy pond needs aquatic plant habitat, but too many plants can limit the pond’s use and cause imbalances in the fish population.
Ice-out channel catfish are biting

Ice-out channel catfish are biting

  • 3/13/2018 1:23:00 PM
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Channel catfish move close to shore and are eager to bite in many lakes and the large reservoirs across Iowa. After eating light during the winter, channel catfish go on a feeding frenzy in early spring cleaning up small fish that died over the winter.
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