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Spring urban trout stocking starts March 23

  • 3/6/2018 12:15:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout in 10 lakes across Iowa in March and April as part of its cool weather trout program.

The spring urban trout stockings are a great place to take kids to catch their first fish. A small hook with a nightcrawler or corn under a small bobber to casting small simple spinners such as a panther martin or mepps is all you need to get in on the fun.

Bringing trout to cities and towns offers a “close to home” option for Iowans who might not travel to northeast Iowa to experience trout fishing. Most locations also host a family-friendly event to help anglers have success and fun while fishing.

The popular program is supported by the sales of the trout fee. Anglers need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. The daily limit is five trout per licensed angler with a possession limit of 10. 

Children age 15 or younger can fish for trout with a properly licensed adult, but they must limit their catch to one daily limit. The child can buy a trout fee which will allow them to catch their own limit.

Once you buy your trout fee, you can fish for trout all year long at any of the urban lakes and trout streams in northeast Iowa. Find more information about Iowa trout streams on the DNR website at


2018 Spring Urban Trout Stocking Schedule

March 23

10:00 am: Discovery Park, Muscatine

10:30 am: Lake of the Hills, Davenport

Noon: Wilson Lake, east of Donnellson

March 24

11:00 am: Ottumwa Park Pond, Ottumwa

11:00 am: Terry Trueblood Lake, Iowa City

March 31

10:00 am: Prairie Park (Cedar Bend), Cedar Rapids

April 7

11:00 am: Banner Lake South, north of Indianola

April 14

10:00 am: Heritage Pond, Dubuque

11:00 am: North Prairie Lake, Cedar Falls

April 21

11:00 am: Sand Lake, Marshalltown