Saturday, January 30, 2016

Jan 21, 2016: Trout Release Update

From the Ames Tribune:
Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake will once again be the location for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' popular urban trout stocking program at noon, Saturday, Feb. 6. Photo by Todd Burras/Ames Tribune.

By Todd Burras, Outdoors Editor

Central Iowa needs more cold temperatures if a popular ice fishing event is going to take place in two weeks.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to stock 2,200 rainbow trout Saturday, Feb. 6, at Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake in Ames as long as ice conditions on the north basin are adequate.

Andy Otting, a fisheries management technician for the DNR, said Wednesday that last week, the ice was 4 to 5 inches thick at Ada Hayden and that he estimated the ice this week to be in the range of 6 to 8 inches.

“Everything is still on track for the Feb. 6 event, depending on ice conditions,” he said. “We will hold the event if we get to 12 inches or more.”

The stocking, weather pending, will start at the boat ramp sometime between 11:30 a.m. and noon. However, unlike previous stockings, Otting said the DNR plans to stock at two locations along the north shore to spread out the crowd.

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