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Winter community trout stockings start Jan. 13

  • 12/20/2023 6:44:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release rainbow trout in 10 locations across Iowa this winter in areas that would not support them during warmer months.

Winter trout stockings are a great place to take kids to catch their first fish. A family-friendly event is paired with each stocking 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.  They can buy a trout fee which will allow them to catch their own limit.

Winter trout stocking events are dependent on favorable weather and safe ice conditions. Check the DNR Trout Fishing website at www.iowadnr.gov/trout for possible changes to the schedule.

2024 Winter Community Trout Stocking Schedule

Jan. 13, Bacon Creek Lake, Sioux City, at 1:30 p.m. - Postponed due to unsafe ice conditions

Jan. 13, Blue Pit, Mason City, at 11 a.m. - Postponed due to unsafe ice conditions

Jan. 19, Big Lake, Council Bluffs, at 3 p.m. - Postponed due to unsafe ice conditions and extreme cold weather

Jan. 19, Moorland Pond, Fort Dodge, at Noon  - Postponed due to unsafe ice conditions and extreme cold weather

Jan. 27, Lake Petocka, Bondurant, at Noon - Changed to unannounced due to warm weather and deteriorating ice

Feb. 3, Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake, Ames, at Noon  - Changed to unannounced due to warm weather and deteriorating ice

Feb. 3, Triumph Park West and East, Waukee, at Noon - Changed to unannounced due to warm weather and deteriorating ice

Feb. 10, Terra Lake, Johnston, at Noon  - Changed to unannounced due to warm weather and deteriorating ice

Feb. 10, Scharnberg Pond, Spencer, at Noon  - Changed to unannounced due to warm weather and deteriorating ice

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