(Lewis) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is loosening the fishing regulations in bodies of water left behind by the Missouri River starting today.
Southwest Iowa Fisheries Biologist, Bryan Hayes says these water bodies need to be; completely isolated from the river, unlikely to be connected to the river during normal flows, were not in existence before the flood, and less than 5-feet in depth if on public land. Anglers will need to get permission to access water bodies on private land.
“Once the flood water recede this is going to allow anglers to recover trapped fish,” stated Hayes.
Hayes says, anglers with a valid fishing license will be allowed to harvest any size or number of fish species from these isolated floodwaters. Any number of fishing poles, jugs, or nets will be allowed. Anglers must remain in sight of these lines at all times, and follow all other fishing regulations and area rules. Trout lines will be allowed but must have your name and address attached to them. Lines may not be set across the entire body of water and at least one end must be above the water level and visible.
Dynamite, poison, electric shocking devices or any stupefying substances will not be allowed. It is also illegal to sell fish or captured fish into public waters.
The liberated fishing regulations will remain in effect until November 30, 2011.
August 15, 2011