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Ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20

Ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20

  • 2/6/2024 12:04:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Ice fishing shelters, left unattended, must be removed from state-owned lands and waters, including parking lots and boat ramps by Feb. 20.
Walleye season closes Feb. 15 on Iowa Great Lakes

Walleye season closes Feb. 15 on Iowa Great Lakes

  • 2/6/2024 11:59:00 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 4. These are the only Iowa lakes that have a closed season for walleye.
Fall trout spawn in full swing

Fall trout spawn in full swing

  • 11/14/2023 11:41:00 AM
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Brilliant fall colors are not only found in trees, but also in streams and the Manchester Fish Hatchery. These underwater splashes of color are signs that trout spawning season is in full swing.
Fall fishing for Iowa’s prize trout

Fall fishing for Iowa’s prize trout

  • 11/7/2023 11:52:00 AM
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Fishing Iowa’s trout streams is a unique way to enjoy the cool fall weather and marvel at the amazing colors of Iowa’s prize trout. Male brown and brook trout display their brightest, most vibrant spawning colors this time of year.
Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Casey Lake in Tama County

Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Casey Lake in Tama County

  • 10/3/2023 12:56:00 PM
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TAMA COUNTY - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will relax the fishing regulations at Casey Lake in Hickory Hills Park starting October 4 to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lake is renovated.
Big Creek Wildlife Area is hidden in plain sight

Big Creek Wildlife Area is hidden in plain sight

  • 8/9/2023 7:30:00 AM
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Often overlooked for its similarly named state park or mistaken for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sprawling Saylorville Wildlife Area, Big Creek Wildlife Area is roughly 3,100-acre, one stop outdoor shop just 10 minutes from Ankeny.
Teachers recognized for outstanding fishing programs

Teachers recognized for outstanding fishing programs

  • 7/18/2023 11:47:00 AM
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Jason Ohrt, South Winneshiek Schools, and Shane Blake, Davis County Schools, are recipients of the 2023 Brass Bluegill award from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fish Iowa! program.
Catch a summer of family fun

Catch a summer of family fun

  • 7/18/2023 11:37:00 AM
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A summer of family fun is just a short drive and a fishing pole away. Plan a day trip or bring along fishing gear on your next weekend or camping trip.
Catfish are biting across Iowa

Catfish are biting across Iowa

  • 7/11/2023 3:07:00 PM
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Fishing for catfish is a fun summer tradition for many Iowa families. Invite someone new to fishing to come along to share the fun and memories.
Celebrate a child’s first fish

Celebrate a child’s first fish

  • 7/11/2023 3:05:00 PM
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Preserve the memory of your child or grandchild hooking their first fish this summer with a special certificate. Print the certificate yourself from an electronic file posted online or request a printed certificate.
Crane Creek fish kill under investigation

Crane Creek fish kill under investigation

  • 6/8/2023 3:08:00 PM
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READYN - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was notified on June 7 of a fish kill in Crane Creek, southwest of Readyn in Bremer County.
Summer heat causes Otter Creek tributary fish kill

Summer heat causes Otter Creek tributary fish kill

  • 6/5/2023 4:14:00 PM
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OELWEIN - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) investigated reports of dead fish in the unnamed tributary to Otter Creek that flows through Oelwein in Fayette County.
Fish Kill in Hampton Under Investigation

Fish Kill in Hampton Under Investigation

  • 6/2/2023 10:45:00 AM
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DES MOINES--DNR officials are asking for the public's help in determining the cause of a fish kill yesterday along Squaw Creek in the Franklin County town of Hampton.
Help Iowa DNR expand walleye collection data

Help Iowa DNR expand walleye collection data

  • 4/18/2023 4:26:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is partnering for a second year with MyCatch by Angler’s Atlas to conduct a statewide walleye fishing challenge starting May 1 through June 30. The Iowa Chapter of the American Fisheries Society has joined as a research partner for the 2023 challenge.
New veterans hunting, fishing licenses available April 12

New veterans hunting, fishing licenses available April 12

  • 4/12/2023 1:24:00 PM
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The new Armed Forces Hunting and Fishing licenses are now available to residents of Iowa who served in the armed forces of the United States on federal active duty. The new annual fishing license, or hunting and fishing combo license, is $5, with a $2 processing fee.
Fish kill observed in McLoud Run

Fish kill observed in McLoud Run

  • 4/4/2023 1:00:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources was notified of a fish kill in McLoud Run in Cedar Rapids March 30.
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning, Iowa River Wildlife Unit

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning, Iowa River Wildlife Unit

  • 3/30/2023 1:45:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Iowa River Wildlife Unit, and by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in Cedar, Linn, Johnson, Benton, Iowa, Tama, and Mahaska counties.
Ice-out channel catfish are biting

Ice-out channel catfish are biting

  • 3/14/2023 2:22:00 PM
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Channel catfish move close to shore and are eager to bite in many lakes and the large reservoirs across Iowa just after the ice is gone. The bite starts sooner in southern Iowa impoundments since they lose ice a week or two before northwest Iowa natural lakes.
Black-capped chickadees astonishing secrets

Black-capped chickadees astonishing secrets

  • 2/14/2023 11:58:00 AM
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Black-capped chickadees survive the harshest winters with amazing adaptive behaviors and abilities. From adjusting their core body temperatures to shedding and adding brain cells to memorizing hundreds of locales of stashed foods, these tiny wonders have astonishing secrets.
Number of donors to the Chickadee Check-off continues to decline

Number of donors to the Chickadee Check-off continues to decline

  • 1/24/2023 11:57:00 AM
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Last year, more than 6,200 Iowa taxpayers helped wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state tax form, which is nearly 1,000 fewer than who donated in 2020.  and represents about 0.4 percent of total taxpayers in Iowa.
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