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Celebrate a child’s first fish

Celebrate a child’s first fish

  • 6/23/2021 7:09:00 AM
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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.
Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Otter Creek Lake in Tama County

Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Otter Creek Lake in Tama County

  • 6/8/2021 1:41:00 PM
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TAMA - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will relax the fishing regulations at Otter Creek Lake, near Tama, starting June 15 to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lake is dewatered this fall for a planned lake restoration project. The fish population will be renovated to remove common carp and yellow bass from the lake.  
Get hooked on fishing during free fishing weekend June 4-6

Get hooked on fishing during free fishing weekend June 4-6

  • 5/25/2021 11:55:00 AM
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Iowa residents can try fishing without buying a license on June 4, 5 and 6 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) free fishing weekend. All other regulations remain in place.
Olympic hopeful pro skaters promote fishing and the outdoors while visiting Iowa

Olympic hopeful pro skaters promote fishing and the outdoors while visiting Iowa

  • 5/19/2021 3:11:00 PM
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DES MOINES—The Iowa DNR and Takemefishing.org hosted a restoration event on Tuesday, May 18 for recreational fishing, paddling and conservation at Gray's Lake in Des Moines. Pro skaters TJ Rogers (CAN) and Alana Smith (TX, USA) worked alongside DNR staff, Des Moines Parks and Recreation staff and community volunteers to remove litter and invasive species, sink infrastructure for fish habitat and to practice their angling skills. They even took some time off to kayak.
Fishing regulations relaxed at Pickeral Lake in Buena Vista County

Fishing regulations relaxed at Pickeral Lake in Buena Vista County

  • 5/11/2021 1:19:00 PM
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LAURENS - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has relaxed the fishing regulations at Pickeral Lake in Buena Vista County to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lake is renovated to eliminate an overabundant population of bullhead and restore water quality and habitat.
Popular fish survey data returns to Iowa DNR webpage

Popular fish survey data returns to Iowa DNR webpage

  • 5/4/2021 2:38:00 PM
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Iowa anglers can once again access fish survey data collected by Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries staff during electroshocking and netting surveys on lakes, rivers and streams.
Iowa’s cool water fish hatcheries filled to capacity

Iowa’s cool water fish hatcheries filled to capacity

  • 4/27/2021 11:40:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ spring fish spawning season is over and Iowa’s cool water fish hatcheries at Fairport, Rathbun, and Spirit Lake are filled to capacity.
Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Emma Young Pond in Clinton

Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Emma Young Pond in Clinton

  • 4/20/2021 3:26:00 PM
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CLINTON - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will relax the fishing regulations at Emma Young Pond in Clinton starting May 1 to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the pond is renovated this fall.
Time to start planning to control plants in Iowa ponds

Time to start planning to control plants in Iowa ponds

  • 4/6/2021 12:37:00 PM
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A healthy pond needs aquatic plants, but too many plants can limit the pond’s use and cause imbalances in the fish population. If you had problems using your pond last year because of aquatic plant growth, you could have similar problems this year.
2021 Iowa Outdoors Spring Fishing Forecast

2021 Iowa Outdoors Spring Fishing Forecast

  • 4/1/2021 1:56:00 PM
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With hundreds of serene lakes, tranquil ponds and 71,000 miles of mellow waterways—we’ve got you covered with peaceful places to refresh and wet a line!
She Goes Outdoors releases fishing box

She Goes Outdoors releases fishing box

  • 3/23/2021 1:35:00 PM
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She Goes Outdoors has a new subscription box available focused on fishing. The subscription box is designed to develop and expand outdoor skills.
Ice-out channel catfish are biting

Ice-out channel catfish are biting

  • 3/16/2021 1:50:00 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 northeast Iowa natural lakes.
Ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20

Ice fishing shelters must be removed by Feb. 20

  • 2/10/2021 6:49:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Permanent ice fishing shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by Feb. 20. Ice shelter owners are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to get their shelter off the ice. If a shelter falls through the ice, the owner is responsible for getting it out of the lake.
Spend a winter day ice fishing

Spend a winter day ice fishing

  • 1/26/2021 12:04:00 PM
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If you’ve never gone ice fishing before, it’s time to get in on the fun. Bundle up the family and enjoy some of the best fishing experiences of the year.
2021 hunting, fishing licenses on sale

2021 hunting, fishing licenses on sale

  • 12/29/2020 11:32:00 AM
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2021 resident hunting, fishing and other licenses are now on sale. The menu of license options includes the popular Outdoor Combo annual resident hunting/fishing/habitat combo license for $55; the Angler’s Special three-year fishing license for $62; and the Hunter’s Special three-year hunting license with habitat included for $101.
Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over

  • 12/15/2020 2:29:00 PM
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The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa. Anglers are ready to get out for the popular early ice fishing season.
Fall trout spawn in full swing

Fall trout spawn in full swing

  • 11/18/2020 6:49:00 AM
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Hundreds of yellow ovals offset the brown and green coloration of each female brown trout ready to spawn at the Manchester Fish Hatchery. The splashes of color are signs that trout spawning season is in full swing.
Grants available for fishing and boating education programs in Hispanic communities

Grants available for fishing and boating education programs in Hispanic communities

  • 11/3/2020 12:30:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Fish Iowa! angler education program has partnered with the Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation’s (RBFF) Vamos A Pescar™ program to provide funding to local 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations to support local efforts to educate and engage families in high-density Hispanic communities through programs, classes and fishing activities. Minimum grant request is $5,000 with a 1:1 cash match required.
Fall fishing for Iowa’s prize trout

Fall fishing for Iowa’s prize trout

  • 11/3/2020 12:26:00 PM
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Enjoy what’s left of the spectacular colors and cool weather fishing in northeast Iowa’s hundreds of miles of trout streams this fall. From easily accessible streams in state or county parks, to those found in Iowa’s most wild and remote natural spaces, there are plenty of places to catch rainbow, brown and brook trout.
Seven additional community trout ponds ready for anglers to catch trout

Seven additional community trout ponds ready for anglers to catch trout

  • 10/27/2020 2:22:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at seven additional community trout ponds across Iowa as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support them during the summer. 
Fall offers fantastic fishing – get out and enjoy it

Fall offers fantastic fishing – get out and enjoy it

  • 9/29/2020 1:15:00 PM
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Fall is a great time to catch fish with family and friends. The air is cool, the views are picturesque and the fish are easy to catch. Make lasting memories together and put your worries behind you.
Reel in these new fish recipes

Reel in these new fish recipes

  • 9/16/2020 9:08:00 AM
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If you’re looking for a new way to eat those Iowa fish you've caught, here are some great ideas!
DNR investigating fatal hunting incident

DNR investigating fatal hunting incident

  • 9/6/2020 8:28:00 PM
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ALLAMAKEE COUNTY, Iowa – On Saturday, September 5, 2020, around 5:00pm, DNR Conservation Officers responded to a fatal hunting incident at Fish Farm Mounds Wildlife Area near New Albin, Iowa.
Iowa Outdoors Expo goes virtual

Iowa Outdoors Expo goes virtual

  • 8/25/2020 1:36:00 PM
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The Iowa Outdoor Expo has gone virtual this year, and extended the opportunity to learn about the outdoors for the entire month of September.
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