OTTUMWA — Officials say trout will return to Ottumwa Park this fall, but the exact timing depends on factors they don't control.
Fisheries Biologist Mark Flammang said Tuesday the Iowa Department of Natural Resources does plan on re-stocking the pond in Ottumwa Park this fall. The trout stocking events have become a popular event for local anglers since they began in 2011.
Trout aren't native to the pond. They're cold water fish, which means they don't survive summers in ponds that heat up higher than the 70s. Frankly, even that gets to the warm side of what they'll tolerate. And it's an urban area, rather than the open streams the fish prefer.
The IDNR stocks about 16 locations around the state, giving people who wouldn't otherwise have a chance to catch trout to do so near home. Employees typically stock the sites between October and early April, according to the IDNR website.
Flammang said nature controls the timeline for the return of trout in Ottumwa. Temperatures must cool off enough so the trout survive to be caught. Previous fall events in Ottumwa have come in mid-to-late October.