Grab your neighbors, friends and kids and try trout fishing this fall. DNR fisheries staff will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout in seventeen locations across Iowa as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support them during the summer months.
Fall urban trout stockings are a great place to take kids to catch their first fish. Trout are easy to catch using the most basic fishing gear. A small hook with a nightcrawler or corn under a small bobber to casting small simple spinners such as a panther martin or mepps is all you need to get in on the fun.
2016 Fall Urban Trout Stocking ScheduleOct. 13, North Prairie Lake, Cedar Falls, 11 a.m.
Oct. 13, Sand Lake, Marshalltown, Noon
Oct. 14, Lake of the Hills, Davenport, 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 14, Terry Trueblood Lake, Iowa City, 11 a.m.
Oct. 20, Big Lake, Council Bluffs, 3 p.m.
Oct. 20, Banner Lake (South), Summerset State Park, Indianola, 11 a.m.
Oct. 21, Lake Petocka, Bondurant, Noon
Oct. 28, Ottumwa Park Pond, Ottumwa, 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 29, Discovery Park, Muscatine, 10 a.m.
Oct. 29, Wilson Lake, Fort Madison, Noon
Oct. 29, Heritage Pond, Dubuque, 11 a.m.
Nov. 5, Scharnberg Pond, Spencer, Noon
Nov. 8, Bacon Creek, Sioux City, 1 p.m.
Nov. 9, Moorland Pond, Fort Dodge, Noon
Nov. 18, Ada Hayden, Ames, Noon
Nov. 18, Prairie Park (Cedar Bend), Cedar Rapids, 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 23, Blue Pit, Mason City, 11 a.m.
You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. The daily limit is five trout per licensed angler with a possession limit of 10. Children age 15 or younger can fish for trout with a properly licensed adult, but they must limit their catch to one daily limit. The child can purchase a trout fee which will allow them to catch their own limit.
Find more tips for catching trout on the DNR website.