The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Linn County Conservation will hold the 3rd Annual Trout Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Prairie Park Fishery, 2125 Otis Road SE. Registration is available on site and is free of charge. Anglers interested in fishing for trout are required to possess a valid fishing license and a state trout stamp. The trout stamp may be purchased at any local sporting retailer who sells fishing licenses.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release 2000 trout into the lake at the Prairie Park Fishery at 10:00 a.m. on the day of the derby. The trout will be dumped into the west end of the lake at the boat ramp. 200 trout will be tagged. Tagged fish may be turned in at the registration tent for prizes during the event.
Iowa lakes, including the one at Prairie Park Fishery are too warm to support a year-round trout lifecycle. The DNR raises trout to enhance area lake fishing. The Urban Lakes Trout Program is an effort to introduce trout fishing to more anglers across the state. These cool weather stockings provide easy-access trout fishing opportunities in areas that cannot support trout during the summer months. Because these are hatchery raised trout, any lure with a shiny spinner will usually provide for a successful trip.
Prairie Park Fishery is open daily from 6:00 a.m. until dusk (one half hour after sunset). For more information, call Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation at (319) 286-5760 or go to www.crrec.org.