(Ottumwa) – Local anglers will have an opportunity to trout fish in Ottumwa this spring. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be stocking 2,000 trout at the Ottumwa Park Campground pond at 11 AM on Saturday, March 29th. A fishing derby will be held with the stocking. There will be 200 tagged fish in the release; 100 brook trout and 100 rainbow trout. Persons catching the tagged trout will be eligible to win prizes.
Anglers must be properly licensed and possess an Iowa trout stamp to fish for trout. Children under 16 may fish for and possess trout if they fish with an adult who has a valid Iowa fishing license and trout stamp; however the combined daily limit is five trout. Children under 16 may purchase their own trout stamp, which would allow them to keep their own five trout limit.
The Iowa DNR Fisheries Bureau has been involved in cool weather urban trout stocking since 1981. The urban lakes trout program is an effort to introduce trout fishing to more anglers across the state.
Most of the year, trout are not suited to the relatively warm waters outside their northeast Iowa range of bluffs and coldwater streams. However, in the cooler months, those temperatures drop to an acceptable level. That allows a wider range of anglers to try a little bit of the trout experience. More information about fishing in Iowa, including licensing and the urban trout-stocking program can be found online at www.iowadnr.gov.