Urban Trout Stocking Comes To Ada Hayden Lake in Ames

Fishing for Rainbow Trout in Ames (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

Fishing for Rainbow Trout in Ames (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

AMES, Iowa- Cold weather did not stop dozens of fishermen in search of a Rainbow Trout catch.

The Iowa DNR Friday stocked the Ada Hayen Lake north of Ames with 2400 Rainbow Trout.

Within a few minutes fish were being caught after a big DNR fish tank truck deposited the fish into the water.

“Today it was about 2400 fish, it gets that twice a year. Once in November,” said Andy Otting of the Iowa DNR. Then we’ll be back probably in February, once the we have good ice, and stock the same about through the ice for ice fishermen.

Otting said the Urban Trout Program has been doing on for about 20 years, and they have visited Ada Hayden Lake for the past five years.

The hope is that by putting the fish near urban areas, Iowans will want to come to Northeast Iowa to fish for trout in their native habitat, trout streams.

It’s great especially for kids but its a lot of fun for all ages, you know I’m 25, and I still have a lot of fun.” said Ryan Lykins, of Story City. “It’s always terrible weather here, but you know it’s always worth it when you can catch fish like this.”