City Council Approves Fishing Ban in Parts of Downtown

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Des Moines City Council has gone ahead with a ban on fishing along the Principal River Walk, for now.

Monday’s vote extends the ban to the Center Street, MLK and downtown pedestrian bridges and the Gray’s Lake pedestrian bridge, swimming beach and watercraft rental dock.

The city said there have been too many complaints about trash left behind by anglers including fish guts and beer cans.

City officials said there are still be plenty of other spots on Des Moines’ two rivers for fishermen to cast a line. There are roughly 92 miles of river front for anglers to fish from within Des Moines’ city limits, city officials said.

The council plans to look back on the ban after one year to see if it needs to be amended.

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