Saturday, November 17, 2012

Nov 15, 2012: Let the Trout Rush Begin

From the Ames Tribune:

DNR to stock trout at Ada Hayden

A popular fishing program resumes next week as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be stocking trout at 17 urban fisheries around the state, including one here in Ames.
The DNR will stock some 2,200 11-to-13-inch rainbow trout into the north basin of Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake at noon Tuesday, Nov. 20. The DNR began stocking trout at the Ames fishery twice annually beginning in November 2010.
The coldwater fish do well in the winter months, and will be caught by the time temperatures turn upwards next spring, according to the DNR. Those that don’t get caught, typically die. However, a few of those fish appear to have made it through the summer at Ada Hayden.
“Ada Hayden is unique for urban trout fisheries primarily because of its depth,” said Ben Dodd, fisheries technician for the DNR. “We tried sampling for them this fall but didn’t find any, but from the pictures we’ve seen and from what we’ve heard from anglers, there are some that have survived from the past year that are still be caught on occasion. They must be staying cool enough and finding enough oxygen to survive.”
Previous stockings at Ada Hayden have been met with enthusiasm from area anglers with anywhere from 50 to more than 100 showing up to see the DNR fish truck show up in the parking lot.
Dodd said Ada Hayden and the other 16 urban lakes involved in the program will receive a second shipment of trout late in the winter or in early spring.
Anglers age 16 and older who want to fish for and possess trout at Ada Hayden will be required to purchase a 2013 trout stamp in addition to a 2013 Iowa fishing license. Anglers age 15 and younger do not need either a trout stamp or fishing license, unless they intend to possess any trout, in which case they must be accompanied by an adult with a license and a trout stamp. Together they can combine to possess the one-person daily limit of five trout.
Anglers age 15 and younger also have the option to purchase their own trout stamp, which allows them to keep their own daily limit of five trout.
Information about the urban trout program is on the DNR’s website, Click on Fishing, then trout fishing

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