Davenport – Anglers who catch trout left over from a previous community trout stocking at Lake of the Hills during the relaxed fishing regulations are still required to have a valid trout fee to keep any trout.
Liberalized fishing regulations for Lake of the Hills will be in effect from April 1 until the lake’s water levels are lowered, starting on July 15. Specific regulation changes include:
Removal of bag limit on trout.
Removal of bag and length limit restrictions on largemouth bass.
Removal of bag limit on channel catfish.
Removal of bag limit on crappie and bluegill.
Anglers with a valid sport fishing license may harvest all sizes and unlimited quantities of any species of fish from Lake of the Hills. Any number of poles will be allowed, but anglers must stay in site of these lines at all times.
Nets, dynamite, trotlines, poison, electric shocking devices, or any stupefying substances are not allowed. It is illegal to sell fish or stock captured fish into public waters.
Lake of the Hills is currently listed on the State’s list of Impaired Waters due to high levels of algae. The overall goal of this restoration project is to improve water quality and recreational opportunities at West Lake Park and remove the lake from the Impaired Waters List.