Spring community trout stocking starts March 23

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff will release between 1,000 and 2,000 rainbow trout in 13 lakes across Iowa in March and April as part of its cool weather trout program.

The spring community trout stockings are a great place to take kids to catch their first fish. 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.

Bringing trout to cities and towns offers a “close to home” option for Iowans who might not travel to northeast Iowa to experience trout fishing. Most locations also host a family-friendly event to help anglers have success and fun while fishing.

The popular program is supported by the sales of the trout fee. Anglers 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 buy a trout fee which will allow them to catch their own limit.

Once you buy your trout fee, you can fish for trout all year long at any of the community trout lakes and trout streams in northeast Iowa. Find more information about Iowa trout streams on the DNR website at www.iowadnr.gov/trout.

2023 Spring Community Trout Stocking Schedule

March 23

Discovery Park Pond, Muscatine, at 9:30 a.m.
Jefferson County Park Pond, Fairfield, at 10 a.m.
Wilson Lake, Fort Madison, at Noon
March 24

Prairie Park Fishery, Cedar Rapids, at 9 a.m.
Liberty Centre Pond, North Liberty, at 9:30 a.m.
March 25

Ottumwa Park Pond, Ottumwa, at 10:30 a.m.
April 1

Triumph Park Lake, Waukee, at Noon
Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake, Ames, at Noon
April 8

Lake Petocka, Bondurant, at Noon
April 14

Sand Lake, Marshalltown, at Noon
April 15

North Prairie Lake, Cedar Falls, at 10 a.m.
Terra Lake, Johnston, at Noon
April 22

Heritage Pond, Dubuque, at 10 a.m.