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Community trout pond stockings unannounced this winter and spring

Community trout pond stockings unannounced this winter and spring

  • 1/25/2022 3:48:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at three community trout ponds as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support them during the summer.  
Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

  • 1/4/2022 12:48:00 PM
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The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa. Anglers are ready to get out for the popular early ice fishing season
New Look Lizard Lake Wildlife Management Area

New Look Lizard Lake Wildlife Management Area

  • 11/8/2021 3:46:00 PM
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Lizard Lake Wildlife Management Area in Pocahontas County has received a massive facelift over the past 10 years turning what was once a shallow lake full of rough fish that suffered from severely degraded water quality to a healthy functioning ecosystem with some of the best water quality in the state.
Hales Slough ramp temporarily closed for tree removal

Hales Slough ramp temporarily closed for tree removal

  • 10/22/2021 2:07:00 PM
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Access to the Hales Slough boat ramp area on Big Spirit Lake will be closed to all uses beginning Oct. 25 as part of the ongoing Anglers Bay shoreline and associated oak savanna restoration effort to benefit the highly diverse aquatic terrestrial plant beds present near shore.
Restored Lizard Lake bustling with wildlife

Restored Lizard Lake bustling with wildlife

  • 10/5/2021 2:13:00 PM
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Lizard Lake Wildlife Area’s resurgence began 10 years ago, when the 270-acre shallow lake was drained to rid itself of an unwanted carp population and to get vegetation established as a way to improve its poor water quality.
DNR to eliminate the fish populations at three western Iowa lakes

DNR to eliminate the fish populations at three western Iowa lakes

  • 9/14/2021 3:17:00 PM
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Fremont and Mills counties - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will treat Folsom, Scott B, and Lake Virginia late this summer or early fall (pending workable weather conditions) with rotenone, a botanical pesticide, to eliminate the fish populations.
Drought impacting Iowa’s shallow lakes and wetlands

Drought impacting Iowa’s shallow lakes and wetlands

  • 8/25/2021 8:21:00 AM
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Parkersburg, Iowa - With much of Iowa currently under drought conditions, many shallow lakes and wetlands will either be dry or nearly dry, making scouting an important part of hunter’s preparation ahead of the 2021 waterfowl season.
Water safety heading into the warm Fourth of July weekend

Water safety heading into the warm Fourth of July weekend

  • 6/29/2021 1:20:00 PM
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JOHNSTON, Iowa – The Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Polk County Health Department, Iowa State Patrol and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be available on Wednesday, June 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lakeview Boat Ramp, located off NW Beaver Drive to provide water safety tips for Iowans heading into the Fourth of July weekend.
Man found in Lake Ahquabi identified

Man found in Lake Ahquabi identified

  • 6/29/2021 1:10:00 PM
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INDIANOLA, Iowa - A man found dead in Lake Ahquabi on Sunday, June 27, 2021 has been positively identified as Joshua Sweeden, 33, of Indianola.
DNR responds to body spotted in Lake Ahquabi

DNR responds to body spotted in Lake Ahquabi

  • 6/28/2021 8:48:00 AM
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INDIANOLA, Iowa -- On Sunday, June 27, 2021, at approximately 10:15am, a body was spotted floating in Lake Ahquabi approximately 20 yards from shore in the beach/swimming area.
Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Otter Creek Lake in Tama County

Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Otter Creek Lake in Tama County

  • 6/8/2021 1:41:00 PM
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TAMA - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will relax the fishing regulations at Otter Creek Lake, near Tama, starting June 15 to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lake is dewatered this fall for a planned lake restoration project. The fish population will be renovated to remove common carp and yellow bass from the lake.  
Fishing regulations relaxed at Pickeral Lake in Buena Vista County

Fishing regulations relaxed at Pickeral Lake in Buena Vista County

  • 5/11/2021 1:19:00 PM
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LAURENS - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has relaxed the fishing regulations at Pickeral Lake in Buena Vista County to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lake is renovated to eliminate an overabundant population of bullhead and restore water quality and habitat.
Water level to drop at Hooper Lake in Warren County

Water level to drop at Hooper Lake in Warren County

  • 5/4/2021 2:40:00 PM
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INDIANOLA - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) plans to start lowering the water level at Hooper Lake on May 5, to repair the drawdown structure. It is expected to take six weeks to completely drain the lake and construction will take place this fall. The DNR plans to refill the lake in 2022.
Iowa’s cool water fish hatcheries filled to capacity

Iowa’s cool water fish hatcheries filled to capacity

  • 4/27/2021 11:40:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ spring fish spawning season is over and Iowa’s cool water fish hatcheries at Fairport, Rathbun, and Spirit Lake are filled to capacity.
Spirit Lake Hatchery filling with northern pike

Spirit Lake Hatchery filling with northern pike

  • 4/6/2021 12:33:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE - Crews with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources placed fyke nets in the outlets of the sloughs that flow into Big Spirit Lake on March 23 to start collecting northern pike. Northern pike spawn in sloughs and shallow vegetated areas around the Iowa Great Lakes prior to ice leaving the lakes.
Fish hatcheries busy netting walleye

Fish hatcheries busy netting walleye

  • 4/6/2021 12:31:00 PM
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MORAVIA – The late night, annual walleye collection began last week at Rathbun and Storm lakes and earlier this week at the Iowa Great Lakes. Crews with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau will set gillnets at night looking for walleyes ready to spawn.
Renovation planned for Pickerel Lake

Renovation planned for Pickerel Lake

  • 4/2/2021 2:42:00 PM
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Pickerel Lake, near Laurens on the Clay and Buena Vista county line, will undergo a water level management project to improve its water quality and provide quality habitat for fish and wildlife.
Viking Lake still recovering from 2019 drawdown

Viking Lake still recovering from 2019 drawdown

  • 3/16/2021 1:54:00 PM
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The water level at Viking Lake was lowered eight feet during the summer of 2019 to improve the fish population. Now a year and a half later, the lake’s water level has yet to return to normal levels.
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

  • 3/6/2021 1:35:00 PM
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Spirit Lake - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to conduct prescribed burns within the selected wildlife complexes in Dickinson, Cherokee, and O’Brien counties between April 1 and May 20 to improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species, and maintain native plant communities. 
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

  • 3/2/2021 11:02:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Clear Lake Wildlife Unit in Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hancock, Winnebago, Worth, and Wright counties.
Walleye season closes Feb. 14 on Iowa Great Lakes

Walleye season closes Feb. 14 on Iowa Great Lakes

  • 2/10/2021 6:52:00 AM
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SPIRIT LAKE – The walleye fishing season on Spirit, East and West Okoboji lakes is open through Feb. 14. It will close after that date and reopens on May 1. These are the only Iowa lakes that have a closed season for walleye.
Community trout pond stockings unannounced this winter and spring

Community trout pond stockings unannounced this winter and spring

  • 1/21/2021 9:18:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at five community trout ponds as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support them during the summer.
Iowa DNR adds four conservation officers

Iowa DNR adds four conservation officers

  • 1/12/2021 12:36:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources swore in four new state conservation officers on Jan. 8, who will undergo several months of training before reporting to their assigned territories later this year.
All 18 community trout ponds have been stocked this fall

All 18 community trout ponds have been stocked this fall

  • 11/3/2020 12:27:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at the last five community trout ponds as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support them during the summer. 
Elk Lake restoration to begin this fall

Elk Lake restoration to begin this fall

  • 10/27/2020 9:09:00 AM
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Elk Lake, near Ruthven in eastern Clay County, will undergo a restoration project to improve its water quality, eliminate a rough fish population and provide quality habitat for fish and wildlife.
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