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The Best Day Ever

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The Best Day Ever

July 23rd 2016. For those of you who do not remember the date, it was a Saturday. I will never forget this day because it was one of the best days of my life. I will set the scenario for you. Bear with me please cause I am not what you would call a novelist.
My wife works for the post office as a substitute rural carrier, which means she carries the mail every Saturday. This is really good for me and my two kids. Now I don't want to sound like I am thrilled she is gone every Saturday because it has its bad points too, however; my kids and I love the outdoors and her…. not so much. Her idea of enjoying outdoors is canoeing. Im not a fan due to the fact we cant stop and fish, at least when I am with her. The only time you stop whilst canoeing with my wife is to have a few beverages.
The wife was working and my son ditched old dad to go to a friends house and spend the night. He is 11 so he is at the age where friends are way cooler than dad. I was left with my daughter Isabella. I call her Izzy. I asked her what she wanted to do. Without hesitation she says, “ Oh my god dad lets go trout fishing.” At this point I was excited as she was. I don't think I have ever loaded up tackle and a cooler so fast in all my time on this earth.
We head for Bailey’s Ford near Manchester. This is one of our favorite spots to trout fish due to the fact I can get the kids to catch fish fairly easy. After a 25 to 30 minute drive we arrive. We park at the stream beside the nature trail bridge which is usually a honey hole. To my demise there are 4 people fishing and two kids throwing rocks. We grab our gear and head down the stream towards the river.
Between the parking lot and the river we stop at two more holes that are usually productive. They were not productive on this day. I think the fisherman came out in droves there was nothing there and anglers all over the place. I decide to switch gears so we headed back to the truck. On the way back to the truck Izzy asks me what we are going to do. I tell her honey we are going to another place.
We head up to Greeley to Fountain Springs park. Fountain Springs is a diamond in the rough. For those who have never been to this park you should go. All primitive camping very quiet and good trout fishing. A very well kept county park. While driving to get there you really wonder how far back into nowhere the road takes you. The trip is all worth the dust on the truck to get there.
I don't know if the truck was even in park yet when she jumped out of the pick up. We started fishing by the upside down bridge. The water by the upside down bridge is very murky. I am glad it is murky cause my lovely daughter wore a bright pink shirt and some pretty wild colored gymnastics tights. We fish here for about a half hour and no luck.
I am so determined to catch something we move to another hole towards the middle of the park. With the water running dirty I had a feeling we could catch something in this particular hole. It is a narrow strip of swift water with an exposed system of tree roots. It is about three to four feet deep. I have had luck here before. Where the water goes around the tree roots is an area of calm water just outside the main current. I have a silver lead head with a white glittery skirt tied on my ultra light. I showed her how to flip the jig in there and bounce it.
She flips the jig into the exact location I showed her. About 2 feet down I see that silver head disappear and the line go tight. She screams. To an innocent bystander you would think this child is either dying or hurt badly. No everyone she just hooked her first trout. My heart is racing because I know if she looses this fish she is going to be so disappointed. I tell her what to do to get it to the shore. It is a beautiful Rainbow Trout.
I take the hook out of it and she wants to hold it. I let her hold it while I get the stringer ready and realize it’s back at the truck. Now, in my mind I am really praying that this fish does not squirm its way out of her hand and back into the stream from which it came. I move her and the fish back away from the water well into dry land so I could go all the way back to the truck and retrieve the stringer without worries of a sad little girl upon my return.
I place the beautiful fish on the stringer and her and I both start jigging again in the same hole. I managed to get a very nice brown trout after about a half hour and she had a couple hits but missed hooking them. I decide once again to move.
We relocate about 500 feet up stream to a hole right beside the road. Her and I climb out onto some big rocks to get a better vantage point. With the same jigs previously used, we commence to fishing again. Her fifth cast the fight is on once again. I can see it is a nice rainbow hooked very nicely in the top of the mouth. This fish is much bigger than the one she landed before. Somehow through all the screaming and jumping up and down I got through to her how to bring in this one. She drug the fish onto the bank and just before getting it totally out of the water the hook comes out. I jump into the shallows to grab ahold of it and luckily retrieve the escapee. I put him on the stringer and we fished about a half hour longer.
I suggest to my daughter that we leave for home. It is starting to sprinkle off and on and I could tell it is getting cooler. My wife and I had to meet up some friends of ours for The Great Jones County Fair. I had to go back to get ready anyway. Her and I together cleaned the trout and started for home. On the way home she asked how come we had to ruin this day. Feeling really bad I tell her the day isn't ruined we just have to go. Needless to say she didn't want to go home. We hit about Manchester and the rain was pouring down which made it a lot easier to go home. The sky the whole 25 minute drive looked very eerie. Almost a greenish color.
We pull in the drive way of our residence and unload our equipment. Of course she couldn't wait to show mom what she had caught. In the house she goes. in the house channel nine KCRG had tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings all over the Eastern part of the state. A tornado warning for Delaware county had been issued and a video of a twister going down the river to around the lake Delhi area was played. I told Izzy we are lucky that we left cause we were really close to the tornado they played video of. Once she realized we would have been impacted by the storms she was feeling much better about being home.
This was one of the most memorable trips I have had with her. If you are a father of a daughter you all know about Daddy and Daughter dates. This one will be with me forever and I hope one day she can share this with her kids. I’m not a professional writer (as you can probably tell) nor am I a professional fisherman. I just hope that I am teaching both my kids activities they can pass on to their kids as I have. I love taking the kids along and I hope all of you take a kid out hunting, fishing, or hiking in the near future.

Written by: Christopher Taylor


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Winter Urban Trout Stock - Lake Petocka

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What: The Iowa DNR will be stocking the lake with 1,500 trout
When: January, 25th
Time: Stocking will be between 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Lake Petocka

Lunch will be served to the first 225! First come first serve.

Bring the family out for fish, food, and fun!!!


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Trout Heading to Lakes Across Iowa

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Iowa DNR News Release

Posted: January 4, 2011

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be stocking trout in urban areas across Iowa in January, beginning Jan. 8 when 1,800 trout are released in North Prairie Lake, in Cedar Falls, and 1,600 are released in Bacon Creek Lake in Sioux City.

On Jan. 15, 900 trout will be stocked in West Lake in Big Lake Park at Council Bluffs, and 1,800 in Heritage Pond, in Dubuque. On Jan. 22, 1,400 trout will be stocked in Scharnberg Pond near Spencer and on Jan. 29, 1,400 trout will be stocked in Blue Pit, in Mason City.

All stockings are based on favorable weather conditions.

Anglers who want to fish for the trout are required to pay the trout fee in addition to an Iowa fishing license. The 2010 Iowa fishing licenses and stamps expire on Jan. 10.

The daily bag limit for trout is five and the possession limit is 10.

Kids under 16 may fish without a trout fee, as long as each is supervised by a properly licensed adult who has paid the trout fee. Their combined catch, however, cannot exceed a single daily limit. Those younger anglers may also pay their own trout fee and fish for their own daily limit.


http://www.iowadnr.gov/news/11jan/trout.html


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New Southeast Iowa Locations Added to Fall Trout Stocking

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Iowa DNR News press release

Posted: October 19, 2010

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources added two southeast Iowa locations to its fall trout stocking schedule.

On Nov. 6, the DNR will stock 500 one-half pound rainbow trout and 50, 14 to 15-inch brook trout each in Discovery Park Pond in Muscatine, and in Wilson Lake, in Fort Madison.

The trout were available for a fall stocking after high water during the summer prevented stocking in northeast Iowa. Fisheries Biologist Chad Dolan said they were looking to expand trout stocking to new areas next spring when the opportunity to do it this fall presented itself.

"We are partnering with the local county conservation boards to host special events in conjunction with the stocking. We tagged 100 fish for each area and each tagged fish turned in will earn a prize," Dolan said. "This is a great opportunity in these communities to experience trout fishing close to home."

Trout will be stocked in Discovery Park Pond at 10:30 a.m. and in Wilson Lake at 1 p.m.

Anglers who want to fish for the trout are required to purchase a trout stamp in addition to an Iowa fishing license. The daily bag limit for trout is five and the possession limit is 10.


http://www.iowadnr.gov/news/10oct/trout.html






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Silver Creek Trout Stream No Longer Open to Public Fishing

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WAUKON, Iowa – Silver Creek, a privately owned trout stream located between Dorchester and Waukon in Allamakee County, is no longer available for public fishing.

“We are thankful to the landowner who allowed the public to fish on Silver Creek and want to remind the public that fishing on private property is a privilege not to be taken lightly,” said Karen Osterkamp, fisheries supervisor for northeast Iowa.

Osterkamp said anglers are encouraged to be respectful of private land by closing all gates and picking up after themselves. “A good portion of our trout fishing is done on private land. The next time you head out to your favorite trout stream take the extra effort to meet the landowner. A simple thank you can go a long way to continue the partnerships that are so valuable to Iowa’s trout fishing,” she said.

The DNR works closely with landowners to not only gain angler access to trout streams, but to reduce runoff and improve water quality in those streams.

“Private landowners should be applauded for the conservation practices they conduct to improve water quality and the survival of trout in our northeast Iowa streams,” Osterkamp said.


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1,500 Trout Headed to Bacon Creek April 9

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SIOUX CITY – Bacon Creek Lake will receive 1,500 catchable sized rainbow trout around 2 p.m., on April 9. Bacon Creek Lake is one of a handful of Iowa lakes outside of trout country that receive trout during the late fall, winter and early spring as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources cool weather trout stocking program.

Bacon Creek is a 34-acre lake on the east side of Sioux City and the only trout fishery in northwest Iowa.

Anglers are required to purchase a trout fee, in addition to a 2009 fishing license, to fish for trout in Iowa. The fee is $11 for Iowa residents and $13.50 for non-residents. There is a five fish daily bag limit and a 10 fish possession limit for trout.


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Trout Stocking Season Begins this Week

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After another long Iowa winter, many anglers are anxious to get started trout fishing. The popular trout stocking season began this week and will continue through the end of October.

Most streams are stocked with catchable size rainbow and brook trout on a weekly basis. Some stream stockings are announced on the stocking information line and other stream stockings are not announced.

Another attraction for young anglers is a “kids only” trout fishing pond located at Big Spring Hatchery, which will be open for fishing beginning May 1.


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Two Family Trout Events Coming to Des Moines Area April 4

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From the IDNR

ANKENY – Two Des Moines area lakes will host a free family trout fishing day on April 4. The events are scheduled for Summerset Stat Park, between Des Moines and Indianola, and for the DMACC Campus Lake, in Ankeny.

The event at Summerset State Park is sponsored by the Warren County Izaak Walton League, Warren County Conservation Board and the Iowa DNR. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the Warren County Izaak Walton League will provide a free lunch from 11 a.m. until noon. Children may register to win door prizes.

The DNR will be stocking rainbow trout at noon. There will be a limited amount of fishing poles and tackle available for participants who do not have any equipment.
The event at DMACC Campus Lake in Ankeny is sponsored by Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines Izaak Walton League, Central Iowa Anglers and the Iowa DNR. Registration begins at 11:30 and trout will be stocked around noon.

Sportsman’s Warehouse is providing door prizes and parking will be available on campus lots.

Both events are free, but participants aged 16 and older must be properly licensed and have a current trout fee. Children fishing with a properly licensed adult are not required to pay the trout fee, but their catch is counted toward the five fish daily limit. Children may purchase a trout fee and have their own daily limit, but children fishing without an adult must pay the trout fee.


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Weather Pushes bacon creek Trout stocking back to jan. 29

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From the IDNR

SIOUX CITY – The Bacon Creek Lake trout stocking planned for Jan. 15 has been moved to Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. due to concerns about extreme cold weather and driving conditions. Bacon Creek Lake will still receive 2,000 catchable sized rainbow trout.
Bacon Creek Lake is one of a handful of Iowa lakes outside of trout country that receive trout during the late fall, winter and early spring as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources cool weather trout stocking program.
Bacon Creek is a 34-acre lake on the east side of Sioux City and the only trout fishery in northwest Iowa.
Anglers are required to purchase a trout fee, in addition to a 2009 fishing license, to fish for trout in Iowa. The fee is $11 for Iowa residents and $13.50 for non-residents. There is a five fish daily bag limit and a 10 fish possession limit for trout.


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2,000 Trout headed to Bacon Creek jan. 15

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From the IDNR

SIOUX CITY – Bacon Creek Lake will receive 2,000 catchable sized rainbow trout around 2 p.m., on Jan. 15. Bacon Creek Lake is one of a handful of Iowa lakes outside of trout country that receive trout during the late fall, winter and early spring as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources cool weather trout stocking program.

Bacon Creek is a 34-acre lake on the east side of Sioux City and the only trout fishery in northwest Iowa.

Anglers are required to purchase a trout fee, in addition to a 2009 fishing license, to fish for trout in Iowa. The fee is $11 for Iowa residents and $13.50 for non-residents. 2008 Iowa fishing licenses expire on Jan. 10. There is a five fish daily bag limit and a 10 fish possession limit for trout.


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