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Cedar Rapids added in Iowa’s trout release

November 16, 2010 at 01:15 AM

By Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Cedar Rapids area anglers will be able to try their luck, as cold water trout are stocked this weekend in Prairie Park Fishery. About 1,500 trout will be released, as the trout program’s urban fisheries expands to Cedar Rapids. The release is at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 13 at the boat ramp of Prairie Park, off Otis Road SE.

“High water through the summer blocked some scheduled stocking on northeast Iowa trout streams. These fish are ‘extras’ from that program,” explains Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Paul Sleeper. Most of the stocked trout will be one-half pound rainbows, about 12-14 inches long.

Already, about a dozen other Iowa communities receive trout through the cold weather months. Through 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 winter, those temperatures drop to an acceptable level. That allows a wider range of anglers to experience a little bit of the trout experience.  By spring warm up, virtually all the stocked trout will have been caught.

“Coming off the stocking trucks, most trout look for something with a little ‘flash’ to it; maybe a rooster tail, a Panther-Martin; something with a bright color,” suggests Sleeper. As the trout acclimate to the new surroundings, anglers have had success with a variety of bait; powerbait, redworms, kernels of corn…as well as small jigs and spinners.

Any angler fishing for trout must possess a trout fee on his or her license. That can be purchased separately if the license is already in hand…or may be added as another privilege. Any regular DNR license outlet provides trout fees, as well. The daily limit for trout is five. Kids under 16 may fish without a trout fee, as long as each is supervised by a properly licensed adult. That combined catch, however, cannot exceed a single daily limit. Those younger anglers may also pay their own trout fee and fish for their own daily limit.

Prairie Park Fishery is newly opened in Cedar Rapids, developed in the area of a former sand and gravel quarry on the southeast side. Look for signs leading to it along Highway 13, southeast of town and on Memorial Drive, in Cedar Rapids.

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