Sunday, February 5th, 2023
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Fish salvage after Missouri flood waters recede

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will allow promiscuous
fishing to take place in waters bodies left behind from the 2011
Missouri River flood, beginning on Aug. 15. These waters bodies
need to be completely isolated from the river, unlikely to be
connected to the river during normal flows, did not exist before
the flood, and are less than 5 feet in depth if on public land.
Anglers will need permission to access water bodies on private

Promiscuous fishing regulations for isolated water bodies in
Missouri River flood plain in Iowa will remain in effect until on
or about November 30, 2011.

Anglers with a valid fishing license will be allowed to harvest any
size or number of fish species from these isolated flood waters.
Any number of fishing poles, jugs or nets will be allowed. Anglers
must remain in sight of these lines at all times, and follow all
other fishing regulations and area rules. Trot lines will be
allowed (name and address must be attached), however lines may not
be set across entire water body and at least one end must be above
the water level and visible.

Dynamite, poison, or electric shocking devices, or any stupefying
substances will not be allowed. It is illegal to sell fish or stock
captured fish into public waters.

If anglers capture a sturgeon fish species the DNR asked that they
be returned to the river as quickly as possible. Pallid sturgeon is
listed as an endangered species in the Missouri River and is
protected under federal law.

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