(Council Bluffs) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be stocking about 1,000 Rainbow Trout into Big Lake in northern Council Bluffs for a youth ice fishing event slated for Saturday, January 11.
Southwest Iowa Fisheries Biologist Bryan Hayes says this is all part of the DNR’s Urban Trout Program with the focus on youth.
“Stocking trout at a place like Big Lake in Council Bluffs creates some fishing where a lot of people live,” stated Hayes. “And we do these special events to draw attention to it and bring the kids out fishing.”
Hayes says southwest Iowa’s climate is well suited for stocking trout.
“Trout are a cold water species suited for water temperatures between 50 and 65 degrees, 80 degrees is lethal to them,” said Hayes. “Here in southwest Iowa we are cold water six months out of the year and trout will not stand our summer water temperatures. So we can do things with trout in this part of the state starting in October through May.”
Hayes says they have tested the ice on Big Lake and it is 8-to-9 inches thick which can safely support a large group of people.
Registration on Saturday is from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Fishing begins at 9:00 a.m.
Hayes says participants’ will need fishing licenses; however children do not need one as long as they are accompanied by an adult who has a valid fishing license.
Anyone with a trout stamp can keep up to five fish. Those stamps cost $12.50.
January 8, 2014