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North Iowa Outdoors: DNR Begins Trout Stocking

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources fall trout stocking is underway. Northeast Iowa fisheries supervisor, Mike Steuck says they’ll stock 18 lakes and ponds across the state.

The stocking was started to allow everyone a chance to catch trout close to where they live so they don’t have to drive to northeast Iowa’s trout streams. Steuck says the fish that are stocked are easy to catch.

He says you don’t need any special gear to catch these trout — but you do need fishing license and a trout stamp. Steuck says the stocking has proved popular.

The drought has brought water levels down in some areas, but Steuck says they are more concerned about water temperatures when stocking the trout.

They used to use some brook trout that they brought in from outside, but he says they are now only stocking rainbow trout. He says they are trying to grow the native brook trout populations in South Pine Creek in Winnesheik County.

Steuck says that’s the approach they took with the native brown trout that are in northeast Iowa. Find more information about trout fishing regulations, check the DNR webpage at iowadnr.gov and click on the trout fishing tab.
Here’s the trout stocking schedule.
2022 Fall Community Trout Stocking Schedule
Oct. 20, Moorland Pond, Fort Dodge, 1 p.m.
Oct. 20, Sand Lake Marshalltown, 1 p.m.
Oct. 21, Liberty Centre Pond, North Liberty, 9:30 a.m.
Oct. 21, Ottumwa Park Pond, Ottumwa, 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 22, Discovery Park, Muscatine, 9:30 a.m.
Oct. 22, East Lake Park Pond, Mount Pleasant, 10 a.m.
Oct. 22, Wilson Lake, Fort Madison, 11 a.m.
Oct. 24, Bacon Creek, Sioux City, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 27, Lake Petocka , Bondurant, Noon
Oct. 27, Terra Lake, Johnston, Noon
Oct. 28, Triumph Park West, Waukee 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 28, Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake, Ames, Noon
Oct. 28, Big Lake , Council Bluffs, 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 5, Scharnberg Pond, Spencer, 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 18, Prairie Park (Cedar Bend), Cedar Rapids, 10 a.m.
Nov. 23, Blue Pit, Mason City, 11 a.m.

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