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Urban trout coming to Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Area anglers will get a chance to try their luck on cold water trout after the DNR stocks the Prairie Park Fishery on Saturday.

The DNR will release about 1,500 trout into the fishery because high water through the summer blocked some scheduled stocking of northeast Iowa trout streams.  Fisheries biologist Paul Sleeper says these are extra fish from that stocking program.

Sleeper says that most of the trout will be half-pound rainbows that are about 12-14 inches long.

According to Sleeper, trout are not typically suited to live in the warm waters outside of their northeast Iowa range of bluffs and cold water streams, but in the winter, the waters farther south cool down enough to allow them to survive and give a wider range of anglers experience trout fishing.

The DNR says that by the spring warm-up, virtually all of 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 or a Panther-Martin, something with a bright color. As the trout acclimate to the new surroundings, anglers have had success with a variety of bait, like powerbait, redworms, kernels of corn, as well as small jigs and spinners," Sleeper said in a written statement.

The release will happen on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 11:00 a.m. at the boat ramp of Prairie Park, off Otis Road SE.

Anyone fishing for trout must have a trout fee on their license.  They can be bought at any regular DNR license outlet.  Kids under 16 years old may fish without a trout fee, as long as each is supervised by a properly licensed adult.

The daily limit is five trout.  Any fish a child catches without a trout fee needs to be counted into the supervising adult's catch and cannot exceed the single daily limit.

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