Reel in Fun, Family and Trout
For immediate release March 15, 2007


Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – Fun, family and trout are scheduled for the last coldwater stocking this season at the Western Historic Trails Center’s Sauganash Lake.

Sauganash Lake will be stocked with 1,600 keeper-size rainbow trout March 24. Family seminars will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Western Historic Trails Center, and trout will be stocked at 1 p.m. Seminars at Big Lake will start at 1:30 p.m., and trout will arrive at 2 p.m.

Hy-Vee will serve hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, chips and drinks at both locations for a small fee. Extra proceeds from the event will go to Council Bluffs City Parks and Rec. and Western Historic Trails Center. DNR personnel will be available at both events for questions about the trout program or fishing in general.

“The expansion of the urban trout program into Council Bluffs provides a unique opportunity for people looking for an outdoor activity for the whole family,” said Bryan Hayes, fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Trout provide an easy-to-catch fish for kids at a time when there is not a lot of other fishing going on.”

Iowa residents and non-residents, regardless of age, must pay a trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Individuals, 16 years and older, must also have a valid fishing license. Children under 16 years old who are fishing with a properly licensed adult (i.e. fishing license & trout fee) do not need a trout fee to fish for or possess trout, but together their daily limit is five trout. For more information on fishing rules, see the 2006 Iowa Fishing Regulations booklet.

A fishing license and trout fee can be obtained at any local hunting and fishing license sales agent, including Western Historic Trails Center, or from the link of the Iowa DNR homepage at

For more information, contact the Southwest Iowa Fisheries Office at 712-769-2587.

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state.


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