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Iowa Outdoors Expo goes virtual

Iowa Outdoors Expo goes virtual

  • 8/25/2020 1:36:00 PM
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The Iowa Outdoor Expo has gone virtual this year, and extended the opportunity to learn about the outdoors for the entire month of September.
Beyond BOW - Fly Fishing Seminars

Beyond BOW - Fly Fishing Seminars

  • 7/21/2020 1:09:00 PM
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The Becoming an Outdoors Woman Beyond BOW program is offering three virtual seminars focusing on fly fishing. While the seminars are geared towards women, they are open to any adult who would like to attend. Participants may choose to attend any or all of the seminars.
Help stop aquatic hitchhikers this Fourth of July

Help stop aquatic hitchhikers this Fourth of July

  • 6/30/2020 2:43:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages all boaters and anglers to check for unwanted hitchhikers on their boats and equipment this Fourth of July to help protect Iowa lakes and streams.
8 common mistakes anglers make

8 common mistakes anglers make

  • 5/21/2020 1:56:00 PM
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Most anglers dream of the perfect catch, but simple mistakes can prevent you from reeling in that trophy fish.
Stay safe this spring fishing season

Stay safe this spring fishing season

  • 4/9/2020 10:40:00 AM
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As temperatures warm up this spring, many Iowans are wondering if they can still fish in light of the COVID-19 health emergency. The answer is yes, but be careful and responsible.
Iowa fishing and hunting regulations not affected by COVID-19

Iowa fishing and hunting regulations not affected by COVID-19

  • 3/24/2020 12:01:00 PM
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Iowa's hunting and fishing regulations are not affected by the current COVID-19 health emergency in Iowa. Despite rumors on social media channels, the DNR has no plans to eliminate seasons, relax regulations or change license prices.
Iowa DNR accepting comments on proposed fishing rules

Iowa DNR accepting comments on proposed fishing rules

  • 2/12/2020 2:25:00 PM
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Des Moines - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting comments on several proposed changes to the Iowa Administrative Code Chapters 44, 54, 81 and 113, through March 5.
Ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20

Ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20

  • 2/11/2020 3:03:00 PM
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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 Ada Hayden Heritage Park postponed

Trout stocking at Ada Hayden Heritage Park postponed

  • 1/28/2020 4:39:00 PM
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Ames, Iowa – The trout stocking and family trout fishing event scheduled for this Saturday, Feb. 1, at Ada Hayden Heritage Park, has been postponed due to unsafe ice conditions for the expected large crowd. 
DNR conservation officer assists with ice rescue

DNR conservation officer assists with ice rescue

  • 12/30/2019 10:24:00 AM
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WARREN COUNTY, Iowa – On December 27, around 3:15pm, Warren County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call came of two people that had gone through the ice at Summerset State Park and were yelling for help.
Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

  • 11/19/2019 3:10:00 PM
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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.
Fall trout spawn in full swing

Fall trout spawn in full swing

  • 11/12/2019 12:53:00 PM
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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.
10 fall favorite trout fishing streams

10 fall favorite trout fishing streams

  • 11/12/2019 7:51:00 AM
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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.
Grants available for fishing and boating education programs in Hispanic communities

Grants available for fishing and boating education programs in Hispanic communities

  • 11/5/2019 4:29:00 PM
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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) tax-exempt organizations to support local efforts to educate and engage families in high-density Hispanic communities through programs, classes and fishing activities. Minimum grant request is $5,000 with a 1:1 cash match required.
Fall fishing for Iowa’s prize trout

Fall fishing for Iowa’s prize trout

  • 11/5/2019 4:26:00 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. From easily accessible streams in state or county parks, to those found in Iowa’s most wild and remote natural spaces, there are plenty of places to catch rainbow, brown and brook trout.
Fall offers fantastic fishing – get out and enjoy it

Fall offers fantastic fishing – get out and enjoy it

  • 10/15/2019 11:39:00 AM
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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. Make lasting memories together and put your worries behind you. 
5 ways to celebrate hunting and fishing this fall

5 ways to celebrate hunting and fishing this fall

  • 9/26/2019 11:20:00 AM
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Discover new and exciting ways to enjoy Iowa’s outdoors this fall with these simple suggestions. Invite someone to come along to share the fun and memories.
Hooking summer catfish

Hooking summer catfish

  • 7/23/2019 12:36:00 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.
Iowa anglers fished 10.50 million days in 2018

Iowa anglers fished 10.50 million days in 2018

  • 7/16/2019 12:23:00 PM
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Iowa anglers fished 10.50 million days in 2018 according to a recent survey conducted by Responsive Management, compared to 8.30 million days in 2007.
Water level to drop at West Lake Park ahead of restoration

Water level to drop at West Lake Park ahead of restoration

  • 7/10/2019 11:22:00 AM
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DAVENPORT – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will start lowering the water level at Lake of the Hills, Railroad Lake, Lambach Lake and Bluegrass Lake at West Lake Park on July 15 as part of a lake restoration project to improve water quality and recreational opportunities.
Caution advised as peak boating season approaches

Caution advised as peak boating season approaches

  • 6/25/2019 12:43:00 PM
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Traditionally, the 4th of July weekend is the busiest period on Iowa waters. Boating, paddling, fishing and swimming are even more popular with what are often the warmest temperatures of the year. When factoring in record rains this spring and many waterbodies at or above flood stage on top of increased use, it only makes sense to have a plan before you set out to make sure everybody stays safe.
8 common fishing mistakes anglers make

8 common fishing mistakes anglers make

  • 6/18/2019 3:25:00 PM
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Most anglers dream of the perfect catch, but simple mistakes can prevent you from reeling in the fish. Here are some pitfalls to avoid when fishing:
Public wildlife areas add to recreation options at Three Mile and Twelve Mile lakes

Public wildlife areas add to recreation options at Three Mile and Twelve Mile lakes

  • 6/4/2019 2:05:00 PM
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The reputation of Three Mile Lake and Twelve Mile Lake as a fishing destination is well known around the Midwest – and beyond. These two lakes, separated by two miles, are panfish and walleye heavyweights that draw anglers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Missouri and Nebraska eager for a chance to fill their bag limits.
Spring fishing in full swing across Iowa

Spring fishing in full swing across Iowa

  • 5/21/2019 1:05:00 PM
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Crappies and bluegills are biting in small ponds and lakes across Iowa. Spring panfish fishing is a great time to introduce beginners of all ages to fishing. Catching panfish is easy and fun.
Fishing regulations relaxed at Windmill Lake in Taylor County

Fishing regulations relaxed at Windmill Lake in Taylor County

  • 4/16/2019 3:03:00 PM
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NEW MARKET, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has relaxed the fishing regulations at Windmill Lake, near New Market, to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lake is renovated this fall to eliminate common carp.
2019 Iowa BOW Spring Workshop - Don't Miss Out!

2019 Iowa BOW Spring Workshop - Don't Miss Out!

  • 3/21/2019 9:43:00 AM
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Interested in learning outdoor skills associated with hunting, fishing and general outdoor pursuits? Join women of all ages as they try new activities, refine their skills, and meet like-minded individuals. This weekend workshop offers sessions ranging from intro to firearms, intro to fishing, landscaping for wildlife, boater education, wild game cooking, to city nature identification.
Harsh winter conditions being felt on some Iowa lakes

Harsh winter conditions being felt on some Iowa lakes

  • 2/26/2019 12:43:00 PM
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Spirit Lake - As more snow and bitter temperatures dominate the forecast across Iowa, the mild start of winter is a distant memory. More than two feet of snow sits on many lakes and ponds across northern Iowa with 20-24 inches of ice below all that snow. Heavy snow on top of ice blocks sunlight from reaching aquatic plants and stops them from producing oxygen.  This combination can create low oxygen conditions that may lead to fish kills.
Ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20

Ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20

  • 2/5/2019 12:05:00 PM
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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.
Ice anglers welcome cold weather

Ice anglers welcome cold weather

  • 1/22/2019 12:33:00 PM
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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.
Outdoor Notes

Outdoor Notes

  • 12/27/2018 9:16:00 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.
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