Every year, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stocks trout in several urban lakes across the state. During the months of October and November, the DNR will release 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at each selected lake to bring fishing to urban parts of the state. Many times, Iowans are not able to travel to northeast Iowa to fish for trout, so this program brings the trout to them.
In order to fish for trout, a valid fishing permit and a trout fee are needed and there is a daily catch limit of five trout per licensed angler. Children 15 and under do not need a fishing license but their daily catch limit is one trout. Kids can purchase a trout fee in order to catch a full daily limit of five.
Below are the dates, times, and lakes the DNR will be stocking:
Oct. 19, Sand Lake, Marshalltown, Noon
Oct. 20, Lake of the Hills, Davenport, 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 24, Lake Petocka, Bondurant, Noon
Oct. 25, Banner Lake (South), Summerset State Park, Indianola, 11 a.m.
Oct. 25, Big Lake, Council Bluffs, 2 p.m.
Oct. 26, Ottumwa Park Pond, Ottumwa, 11 a.m.
Oct. 27, Discovery Park, Muscatine, 10 a.m.
Oct. 27, Wilson Lake, Fort Madison, Noon
Nov. 1, Moorland Pond, Fort Dodge, Noon
Nov. 2, Prairie Park (Cedar Bend), Cedar Rapids, 10 a.m.
Nov. 2, Terry Trueblood Lake, Iowa City, 11 a.m.
Nov. 7, Bacon Creek, Sioux City, 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 9, Heritage Pond, Dubuque, Noon
Nov. 9, North Prairie Lake, Cedar Falls, Noon
Nov. 16, Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake, Ames, Noon
Nov. 17, Scharnberg Pond, Spencer, Noon
Nov. 21, Blue Pit, Mason City, 11 a.m.
For more information visit: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing.