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DNR relaxing fishing restrictions on two Iowa lakes

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LAKE VIEW (KWWL) -- Anglers are getting free reign for nearly a month on two northwest Iowa lakes.  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is relaxing regulations on Little Clear Lake in Pocahontas County and Pickerel Lake in Buena Vista County.

These lakes have critically low rates of dissolved oxygen - less than one part per million.  Fish need levels at more than five parts per million for sustainability.

The DNR monitors levels in public lakes during the winter.  Most of Iowa's lakes have adequate levels of dissolved oxygen during the winter months, although levels tend to drop when thick snow is covering iced-over lakes.  This is a natural occurrence, resulting when snow blocks sunlight and prevents photosynthesis from taking place.  It is more common in shallow lakes.

Promiscuous fishing is allowed on Little Clear Lake and Pickerel Lake from February 23 through March 14.  Anglers with valid fishing licenses may take fish by any means, other than dynamite, poison, shocking devices, or stupefying substances.  There are no daily bag or minimum length restrictions during this time.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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