(HAMBURG) The Missouri River remains closed to boat traffic due to ongoing flooding even though outflow from the federal dams upriver is gradually being reduced. The boating restriction will remain in place until the river is back in its banks and conditions allow for boaters to return to the river.
All fishing regulations remain in place for the Missouri River including its floodwaters. On August 9th, the Iowa DNR announced it would relax most fishing rules on isolated waters created when the Missouri River returned to its banks. Those isolated pockets of water should begin appearing in late September.
To be legal, these water bodies need to be completely isolated from the river, unlikely to be connected to the river during normal flows, did not exist before the flood, and are less than 5 feet in depth if on public land. Anglers will need permission to access water bodies on private land.
These relaxed fishing regulations for isolated water bodies in the Missouri River flood plain in Iowa will remain in effect until on or about November 20th.
In these newly created, isolated water bodies, anglers with a valid fishing license will be allowed to harvest any size or number of fish species from these isolated flood waters. Any number of fishing poles, jugs, or nets will be allowed. Anglers must remain in sight of these lines at all time, and follow all other fishing regulations and area rules. Trot lines will be allowed with a name and address attached to them, however lines may not be set across the entire water body and at least one end must be above the water level and visible.
Dynamite, poison, or electric shocking devices will not be allowed. It is illegal to sell fish or stock captured fish into public waters. If anglers capture a sturgeon fish species, the DNR asks that they be returned to the river unharmed and as quickly as possible. Pallid sturgeon is listed as an endangered species in the Missouri River and is protected under federal law.