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Fishing Regulations to be Relaxed at Central Park Lake

Fishing Regulations to be Relaxed at Central Park Lake

  • 8/31/2016 2:35:00 PM
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CENTER JUNCTION - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will relax fishing regulations at Central Park Lake in Jones County starting on September 3, to allow anglers to more freely harvest game fish before the lake is renovated this fall.
9 Common Fishing Mistakes

9 Common Fishing Mistakes

  • 8/31/2016 1:36:00 PM
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Sure, fishing is about a lot more than catching fish – it’s being out in nature, relaxing, spending time with friends and family. But let’s be honest – it’s just a lot of fun to reel in a lunker. If the fish are stealing your bait or each cast comes up empty, here are some reasons you may not be catching fish.
Fishing Regulations to be Relaxed at Corydon Reservoir

Fishing Regulations to be Relaxed at Corydon Reservoir

  • 8/30/2016 12:55:00 PM
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Corydon – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will relax fishing regulations at Corydon Reservoir in Wayne County, effective immediately, to allow anglers to more freely harvest game fish before the lake is renovated this fall.
Fall Fishing in Iowa Rivers

Fall Fishing in Iowa Rivers

  • 8/30/2016 12:51:00 PM
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Enjoy Iowa’s natural landscapes fishing Iowa’s rivers and streams this fall. A unique angling challenge is hidden around every bend.
Summer Tips to Land Iowa's Big Fish

Summer Tips to Land Iowa's Big Fish

  • 8/8/2016 12:46:00 PM
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The key to catching big fish is finding places that have big fish. Quickly find the best spots to catch master angler qualifying size fish with the electronic map recently added to DNR Master Angler program website (click on "Map" above the photos) or search for local hotspots by species or location.
Hooking Summer Catfish

Hooking Summer Catfish

  • 8/2/2016 12:37:00 PM
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Start a new family tradition this summer – go fishing for catfish. Bring along two coolers with ice, one to keep your bait firm and fresh and another to keep your catch cold and preserve that great taste.
Tales From the Sundown Club

Tales From the Sundown Club

  • 7/29/2016 12:47:00 PM
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A familiar pond takes on a surreal new world as darkness settles and an angler’s senses rely more on sound and feel than eyesight.
Summer tips to land Iowa’s big fish

Summer tips to land Iowa’s big fish

  • 7/27/2016 9:29:00 AM
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Iowa anglers have lots of opportunities to earn a Master Angler award this summer. The Master Angler program celebrates angler success for catching quality sized fish by awarding a vehicle or boat decal and certificate for each fish that meets program criteria.
Gone fishing for summer

Gone fishing for summer

  • 7/27/2016 9:27:00 AM
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Summer is all about relaxing with family and friends. Add fishing to your list of summer activities.  Plan a day trip or bring along fishing gear on your next weekend getaway or camping trip.
Get the lowdown on river fishing in Iowa

Get the lowdown on river fishing in Iowa

  • 7/7/2016 1:46:00 PM
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With many thousands of miles of rivers in Iowa, and many methods to fishing them, there are many theories, techniques, and so-called secrets of the trade. So where do you start?
Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

  • 6/21/2016 10:26:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters and anglers to check for unwanted hitchhikers on their boats and equipment this Fourth of July to help protect Iowa lakes and streams.
Take Dad Fishing for Father's Day

Take Dad Fishing for Father's Day

  • 6/14/2016 12:17:00 PM
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As we honor dad this weekend, give dad something he will always treasure – quality time together. Take dad fishing and create memories that you can relive every time you’re together.
Fishing the Graveyard Shift

Fishing the Graveyard Shift

  • 5/26/2016 3:11:00 PM
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Ultimately, I think the lure of the riverbank and flathead fishing is that life slows down so much. It is so very simple, so basic and elemental, almost like a form of asceticism. Life is reduced to its simplest terms.
Top Urban Fishing Spots in Des Moines

Top Urban Fishing Spots in Des Moines

  • 5/18/2016 10:15:00 AM
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Sixty percent of anglers travel no more than 20 miles to fish. For those near Iowa’s largest metro, hit these local picks. (Stay tuned for top spots in more cities in future issues.)
Spring Fishing in Full Swing Across Iowa

Spring Fishing in Full Swing Across Iowa

  • 5/17/2016 11:20:00 AM
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Crappies and bluegills are biting in small ponds and lakes across Iowa. Spring panfish fishing is a great opportunity to introduce beginners of all ages to fishing.
Master Angler Website Adds New Tools to Find Big Fish

Master Angler Website Adds New Tools to Find Big Fish

  • 5/3/2016 12:28:00 PM
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Recent additions to the master angler program website will help Iowa anglers quickly find the best spots to catch qualifying size fish. Pinpoint where master angler fish have been caught across the state on the new electronic map or search for hotspots by species or location.
Celebrate a Child's First Fish

Celebrate a Child's First Fish

  • 5/3/2016 12:21:00 PM
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Commemorate the memory of a child hooking their first fish with a frameable certificate. You can print the certificate yourself from an electronic file posted online or request a printed certificate.
Record Setting Spring Walleye Netting Season

Record Setting Spring Walleye Netting Season

  • 4/19/2016 6:48:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ spring fish spawning season is over and Iowa’s two walleye hatcheries are filled to capacity as netting crews collected enough walleye to produce 1,048 quarts of walleye eggs at the Spirit Lake hatchery and 846 quarts at the Rathbun hatchery.
Family Trout Fishing Event This Saturday at Banner Lake

Family Trout Fishing Event This Saturday at Banner Lake

  • 4/4/2016 10:30:00 AM
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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 9 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release 1,400 rainbow trout around noon.
Fishing Regulations to be Relaxed at Three-Mile Lake

Fishing Regulations to be Relaxed at Three-Mile Lake

  • 3/31/2016 3:41:00 AM
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AFTON - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will relax fishing regulations at Three-Mile Lake in Union County starting on April 1st, to allow anglers to more freely harvest game fish before the lake is renovated this fall.
Fish Barrier Research Project Begins at Big Creek Lake & Brushy Creek Lake Spillways

Fish Barrier Research Project Begins at Big Creek Lake & Brushy Creek Lake Spillways

  • 3/29/2016 6:36:00 AM
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A physical fish barrier fence, made of horizontal bars, was installed in 2012 at the Big Creek spillway to reduce adult walleye and muskellunge escapement from Big Creek Lake. The barrier was a collaborative project between the Central Iowa Anglers, Recycled Fish, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Prepping Your Tackle Box for Spring Fishing

Prepping Your Tackle Box for Spring Fishing

  • 3/4/2016 8:48:00 AM
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If this stretch of warmer weather has you itching for spring fishing, now is a great time to dust off the tackle box and prepare for a great fishing season.
Iowa State Parks Featured in America's Top Family Fishing and Boating Spots

Iowa State Parks Featured in America's Top Family Fishing and Boating Spots

  • 2/23/2016 6:33:00 AM
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The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) is searching for the top 100 family fishing and boating spots across the nation, and four Iowa state parks are among those being considered. Iowans participating in the vote can ensure their favorite places to boat and fish are recognized nationally.
Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers Paddlefish Fishing Season Opens March 1

Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers Paddlefish Fishing Season Opens March 1

  • 2/16/2016 8:16:00 AM
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The paddlefish fishing season opens March 1 on the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers and runs through April 15 (sunrise to sunset). The paddlefish season was opened on these rivers March 1, 2015 after being closed since 1986 due to concerns of habitat loss and declining population numbers.
Permanent Ice Fishing Shelters Must Be Removed By Feb. 20

Permanent Ice Fishing Shelters Must Be Removed By Feb. 20

  • 2/2/2016 7:42:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Permanent ice shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by February 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 Fishing Event in Ankeny Re-Scheduled for Feb 6

Ice Fishing Event in Ankeny Re-Scheduled for Feb 6

  • 1/21/2016 7:48:00 AM
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Des Moines – An ice fishing meet-up is scheduled for Feb. 6 at the Ankeny Lake on the DMACC campus at 2:30 p.m. to introduce participants to the basics of ice fishing.
Sunday's Ice Fishing Event in Ankeny Postponed

Sunday's Ice Fishing Event in Ankeny Postponed

  • 1/14/2016 4:25:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has postponed the ice fishing event at the Ankeny Lake on the DMACC campus scheduled for Jan. 17, due to forecasted subzero temperatures.
Ice Fishing Clinics Scheduled

Ice Fishing Clinics Scheduled

  • 1/5/2016 9:31:00 AM
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Free ice fishing clinics are scheduled around Iowa, depending upon favorable ice conditions.
Ice Safety Reminder as Iowa Lakes Freeze Over

Ice Safety Reminder as Iowa Lakes Freeze Over

  • 1/5/2016 9:30:00 AM
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The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa and sending anglers scrambling to prepare their equipment so they can be out for the coveted early ice fishing of the season.
2015 Hunting, Fishing Licenses Expire Jan 10

2015 Hunting, Fishing Licenses Expire Jan 10

  • 12/29/2015 6:48:00 AM
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All 2015 Iowa hunting and fishing licenses expire on Jan. 10, 2016. All hunters and anglers will need a 2016 license to hunt or fish beginning Jan. 11.
2016 Hunting, Fishing Licenses on Sale Dec 15

2016 Hunting, Fishing Licenses on Sale Dec 15

  • 12/8/2015 7:04:00 AM
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The calendar insists it’s middle December – regardless of what the thermometer says – meaning 2015 will soon become 2016 and time to renew hunting and fishing licenses.
Fall Trout Spawn

Fall Trout Spawn

  • 11/10/2015 5:32:00 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.
5 Fishing Hot Spots for Fall

5 Fishing Hot Spots for Fall

  • 10/15/2015 8:12:00 AM
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One of Iowa’s best kept secrets is excellent fall fishing. Many Iowa anglers love to fish this time of year simply because it’s a relaxing time to enjoy being on the water, with smaller crowds and picturesque views. But just as importantly, cooler temperatures trigger fish to actively search for food, and that means a lot more action on Iowa lakes and streams.
  4 Essential Tips and Tricks for Bowfishing

4 Essential Tips and Tricks for Bowfishing

  • 9/22/2015 11:00:00 AM
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This fast-growing sport is fast and exciting, can be done many places in the state, and has potential environmental benefits to boot. All you need is a bow, a bowfishing reel, heavy test line, and bowfishing arrows. A sport fishing license is required to bowfish in Iowa, and allows the holder to take rough fish from public lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, as well as private ponds with permission.
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