Central Iowa anglers will have two opportunities to catch trout soon.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release 1,400 rainbow trout in Lake Petoka in Bondurant at noon on Jan. 26, and 2,200 rainbow trout in Ada Hayden Lake in Ames at noon on Feb. 2.
The DNR will partner with staff from Bass Pro Shops in Altoona, Central Iowa Anglers, the Bondurant Men’s Club and the City of Bondurant for the Lake Petoka stocking. Members from Ames Anglers, JAX Outdoors, the American Fisheries Society ISU subunit, ISU Extension and the City of Ames will be assisting at the Ada Hayden Lake stocking.
Ben Dodd, fisheries biologist for the DNR covering central Iowa, said he is impressed at how local businesses and partners step-up to promote the events for families looking to give trout fishing and ice fishing a try.
“We are encouraging families to come out to give it a try. There will be experienced anglers available to help out with techniques and to demonstrate some of the equipment. If someone wants to catch their first fish, this would be a great opportunity,” Dodd said.
Trout typically bite as soon as they are stocked, and they put up quite a battle, Dodd said. Several brood fish will also be stocked at each event, which will range from 2 to 5 pounds.
He said anglers using live minnows or wax worms on a small hook, split shot and four pound line have done well in the past. Dress for the weather and bring a bucket or camping chair to sit on.
Anglers are reminded to have a 2013 fishing license and trout fee to fish for or keep trout.