Family trout-fishing event Saturday at Ottumwa Park

OTTUMWA ? A family trout fishing event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Ottumwa Park Pond.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will stock 2,000 rainbow trout in the pond at noon on Friday, which was previously scheduled for March 24, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

The free event is sponsored by the Ottumwa Parks and Recreation and the Iowa DNR.

The Iowa DNR fisheries staff will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout in 10 lakes across Iowa in March and April as part of its cool weather trout program.

The spring urban trout stockings are a great place to take kids to catch their first fish, according to the DNR. A small hook with a nightcrawler or corn under a small bobber to casting small simple spinners such as a panther martin or mepps is all that?s needed.

Bringing trout to cities and towns offers a ?close-to-home? option for Iowans who might not travel to northeast Iowa to experience trout fishing. Most locations also host a family friendly event to help anglers have success and fun while fishing.

The popular program is supported by the sales of the trout fee. Anglers need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. The daily limit is five trout per licensed angler with a possession limit of 10.

Children age 15 or younger can fish for trout with a properly licensed adult, but they must limit their catch to one daily limit. The child can buy a trout fee which will allow them to catch their own limit.

Once an angler buys a trout fee, he or she can fish for trout all year long at any of the urban lakes and trout streams in northeast Iowa.

Find more information about Iowa trout streams on the DNR website at