2,000 trout to be released into Sand Lake

The challenge of reeling in that perfect fish will be a whole lot easier at Sand Lake starting this Friday.

A total of 2,000 trout will be released by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at 11 a.m. at the northwest pond of the lake.

“It’s easy pickings,” said Mike Stegmann, director of the Marshall County Conservation Board. “Initially, the trout will be fairly easy to catch.”

Stegmann said last fall’s trout release at Sand Lake was the first of its kind in the county and was well-received by anglers.

“It was overwhelmingly popular,” Stegmann said. “Last fall, we had 200 people show up.”

Stegmann said these types of release events help promote fishing as an activity and are an attempt to get youth involved in the sport. It’s also a nice way to a meal, as trout are a desirable fish to consume, he said.

Friday there will be 1,800 rainbow trout and 200 brook trout released from a tanker truck. Stegmann said these fish come from the Manchester Fish Hatchery in eastern Iowa. Last fall, the fish ranged in sizes from 10 to 14 inches.

“The DNR wants these fish caught,” Stegmann said.

Stegmann expects the warmer weather to melt some of the icy areas at the lake by Friday, so the event should go on as planned.

The event is free, but adults fishing need to be licensed with a trout stamp. Children under 16 may fish for and possess trout if they fish with an adult who has a valid fishing license and trout stamp.

For more information on the event, call the MCCB office at 641-752-5490.