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graybeard
 April 20 2017 12:24PM  
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This was discussed a year or two ago, and it seems to me it was found not to be legal. That being said, I still do it on occasion. If I don't feel like messing with the boat, I may fish off a bridge for a couple hours. The two bridges I fish off are both on gravel, and very wide. One I can actually park on the bridge to unload my stuff, and there is still room for two lanes of traffic to go by. For people without a boat, at least in this area, places to fish off the bank are harder and harder to find. Nothing like when I was a kid. I see no problem with it myself, especially for older people or those unable to get around very well. And some dedicated bridge fisherman have some pretty innovative ideas as far as bringing fish out of the water.


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kenhump
 April 20 2017 01:04PM  
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No law against it I know of, unless posted. Before I joined the Navy I and my buddy bowfishing off to I 29 bridge across the old mouth of the Floyd in Sioux City. As far as blowing across bridges on county roads. Real dumb. Our never know what might be there.


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 April 20 2017 08:59PM  
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As a kid, we used to fish off of the Old Iron Bridge over the Wapsi near Rowley- my grampa owned the property UNDER the bridge, and lived nearby. Anyway- we spent a lot of summer nights fishing off that old bridge- I was even on it one night when a neighbor drove his big John Deere tractor over it ((before they put the chains up to prevent big trucks, and tractors from using it). We used to catch a lot of catfish off that bridge, one of them, my grampa had to get down to the shoreline to land it. The bridge that is there now I wouldn't even think to fish off of it- there's not a safe place to sit/stand because it's a concrete bridge. It was replaced in the mid 90's after I move away to college.


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 April 20 2017 09:41PM  
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I don't know how to copy/paste it, but if you Google Iowa fishing from bridges, there is a release from the Iowa DOT dated 5/11/2011 saying it is illegal to fish from any roadway or railroad bridge. Not saying I agree or obey, but it's there.


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 April 20 2017 10:12PM  
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Quote by: graybeard

I don't know how to copy/paste it, but if you Google Iowa fishing from bridges, there is a release from the Iowa DOT dated 5/11/2011 saying it is illegal to fish from any roadway or railroad bridge. Not saying I agree or obey, but it's there.




http://www.news.iowadot.gov/newsandinfo/2011/05/no-fishing-allowed-off-iowa-bridges.html

Something like this?


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 April 21 2017 04:24AM  
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Quote by: graybeard

I don't know how to copy/paste it, but if you Google Iowa fishing from bridges, there is a release from the Iowa DOT dated 5/11/2011 saying it is illegal to fish from any roadway or railroad bridge. Not saying I agree or obey, but it's there.




http://www.news.iowadot.gov/newsandinfo/2011/05/no-fishing-allowed-off-iowa-bridges.html

Something like this?



Someone from the DOT said it doesn't make it a code of law. I haven't been able to find the actual law saying it. I'm pretty sure if there was a law saying you couldn't fish from the bridge's, I would have received ticket's from the DNR checking my fishing licence when fishing on them. I seem to think the county sheriff's that stop and ask how the fishing is would say something to you too. But hey I could be wrong and just lucky that all the law officer's that stop don't know there is a law about it.
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twdenney
 April 21 2017 07:26AM  
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Again common sense prevails here....but people on this site continue to say it is OK and continue to say there is no law against it....thank you for looking it up and setting it straight hopefully you are not labeled because people do not like to hear the truth. Again I love all of the accurate constructive banter on this site!


 
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scherrman
 April 21 2017 08:26AM  
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I find it odd that the only info on this subject is from articles back in 2011. I couldn't find anything in Iowa's fishing regulations and couldn't find anything on the Iowa DOT site. If it were illegal you'd think it would be in writing where it could be found by the public now, not some news article from 2011. Seems odd.


 
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 April 21 2017 09:27AM  
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Maybe its a DOT Admin Rule, maybe their making reference to Interstate bridges. RR property has always been a no no. The bridge part of the article could of been explained. Maybe its only enforced by DOT enforcement officers. Mr. Green


 
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kenhump
 April 21 2017 10:25AM  
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I see no rule of law here. Based on train incident. IDOT said camera are illegal too, ya right.


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 April 21 2017 10:34PM  
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Yepyep...you guys are right on...Whatever the DOT says is only a recommendation they have no authority whatsoever...I love fishing from bridges the best ones are where I-35/I-80 crossed DSM river and where I-35 Crosses Raccoon River the best way is to setup lawn chairs right on shoulder you only need a lantern or something shining at night to be safe...bring the kids and marshmallows it's all good!


 
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