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OTTUMWA — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be in Ottumwa next week, and they’re bringing about 1,000 new residents with them. Most won’t stay long.

The fall trout stocking in Ottumwa Park takes place at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25. The popular program releases between 1,000 and 2,000 trout at urban locations around the state, opening up trout fishing for people who would otherwise have to travel significant distances to find the species.

Stocking in Ottumwa takes place twice each year, in the spring and fall. Anglers do need a fishing license with a valid trout stamp to fish for or possess trout. More information on trout regulations is available on the IDNR website.

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