INDIANOLA, Iowa – They were lining up at 8 a.m., though the fish wouldn’t arrive until after noon. The location was Banner Lakes just south of the Des Moines metro.
The line caused by the anticipation of the arrival of 1,400 rainbow trout and brook trout. According to Fisheries Technician of the DNR, Andy Otting the fish were raised this summer at the Big Spring Trout Hatchery near Elkader.
Otting said there is not much to letting the fish out, just put a pipe from the tanker truck into the lake a little way from the shore, so they don’t get caught on shore. Those fishing can only catch five, as that is the limit per day under Iowa law.
Anthony Stephens brought his two kids here. The kids had no classes today due to parent-teacher conferences. Before any fish were caught there was a lesson to be taught, how to untangle the fishing line.
“We try to get up to Northeast Iowa each year, but this is the next best thing,” said Stephens.
The DNR will return to Central Iowa to Lake Petocka near Bondurant. Trout will be stocked in that lake on Thursday October 23rd. Trout will also be stocked in Moorland Pond near Fort Dodge on November 5, and at Ada Hayden Lake just north of Ames on November 20th.