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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout in ten 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 community trout lakes and trout streams in northeast Iowa. Find tips on how to fish for trout on the DNR website at www.iowadnr.gov/trout.
2019 Spring Urban Trout Stocking Schedule
10 a.m.: Discovery Park, Muscatine (postponed) **
Noon: Wilson Lake, east of Donnellson (postponed) **
** The Discovery Park, Muscatine and Wilson Lake, east of Donnellson trout stockings scheduled for this Friday, March 22 have been postponed due to heavy ice cover still on the lakes preventing fisheries staff from stocking trout. Both stockings will be rescheduled when they have open water and weather conditions are favorable. (rescheduled for March 29th, see below)
10 a.m.: Discovery Park, Muscatine (rescheduled) **
Noon: Wilson Lake, east of Donnellson (rescheduled) **
11 a.m.: Ottumwa Park Pond, Ottumwa
11 a.m.: Liberty Centre Pond, North Liberty
Noon: Banner Lake South, north of Indianola
1 p.m.: Terra Lake, Johnston
10 a.m.: Heritage Pond, Dubuque
11 a.m.: North Prairie Lake, Cedar Falls
10 a.m.: Prairie Park (Cedar Bend), Cedar Rapids
Noon: Sand Lake, Marshalltown