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Iowa Trout Angler Survey

Every five years, the Iowa DNR selects trout privilege purchasers to participate in a survey regarding our trout program, to assess opinions on what we are currently doing, and to plan for our future work. If you received one of our invitation emails, and because of your interest in trout fishing in Iowa, the Department of Natural Resources would greatly appreciate your participation in our online survey. Your feedback will help guide trout fishing management in Iowa to provide the best quality fishing for you. 

Only a portion of trout anglers were randomly selected for this survey. Your response is extremely valuable because it represents that of many trout anglers in your area. By completing the survey online, you greatly reduce our survey costs.

Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary and will be kept confidential. No purchase or consideration is necessary to participate. To thank you for participating, your name with be included in a prize drawing.

Prize Drawing Rules
All entries must be submitted via the online survey before the survey closes. The survey will remain open until December 1, 2021, or until an adequate number of responses have been submitted (possibly earlier than December 1). The winners will be notified by December 6,2021 via email from the DNR. 

No purchase is necessary to enter or win, and this drawing is void where prohibited. To be eligible to participate in the drawing, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. legal resident, and must be a trout privilege holder on the deadline of the posting. Employees of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and their immediate family members (defined as spouse and minor children) are not eligible for any prizes that may be given away as part of the drawing. Prizes will include – fishing gear from JAX Sporting Goods and $50 gift certificates from Scheels Sporting Goods – and will be available for the drawing and are non-transferable. You are hereby notified that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is immune from liability and suit for your participation in this contest, including your participation to the extent it effects third parties thereby.


2016 Iowa Trout Angler Survey Results

More than 3,600 Iowa trout anglers participated in the 2016 Trout Angler Survey, sharing their trout fishing preferences and experiences. Eighty percent of respondents are very satisfied with the trout program.

The popularity of the urban trout fishing program continues to increase, with 99,444 trout fishing trips taken in 2016 compared to 70,202 in 2011. Thirty percent of trout anglers bought their trout stamp specifically to fish an urban trout lake. Heritage Pond, Prairie Park Pond, Terry Trueblood Lake and Ada Hayden Lake are the most popular urban trout lakes.

Iowa trout anglers spent about 489,455 days trout fishing and made 720,611 trips to trout waters in 2016. The most popular trout stream is North Bear Creek, near Highlandville in Winneshiek County, with 35,286 visits in 2016.


2016 Iowa Trout Angler Survey results