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Fishing

Whiterock Conservancy offers access to 12 fishing ponds around the property, free of charge. The Garst Family invited local residents to fish on these ponds in the 1950s and Whiterock is proud to continue this tradition. A map of all the ponds can be downloaded here.

In 2011, a partnership developed between Whiterock Conservancy and Timothy O. Lee, grandson of Roswell and Elizabeth Garst, to restore and improve the Garst Home Farm ponds as a local resource. He remembers the wonderful fishing the ponds provided as a child and wanted to restore this community resource. These ponds were stocked with channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus ), northern pike (Esox lucius), walleye (Sander vitreus), and yellow perch (Perca flavescens) between 2011-2015 and were re-opened in 2015. Fishing ponds will continue to be stocked in the coming years, to increase fish size, and to increase the resiliency of the ponds. This helps maintain a healthy population to ensure quality fishing in the future.

Most ponds, except for the Garst Home Farm Ponds, are stocked with largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) and bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus). A few ponds also have black crappie (Poxomis nigromaculatus). 

Iowa requires fishing licenses for anyone 16 years old or older. Licenses can be purchased locally at Hardware Hank (Main St in Coon Rapids) or Sparky’s One Stop Shop (Bayard). Bait can be found at Hardware Hank and Kemmis Country Store (Coon Rapids) and Sparky’s One Stop (Bayard) carry bait.

It is against the law to dump bait in Iowa lakes, rivers or streams. Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. If keeping bait, you must exchange water in the bait buckets with tap or bottled water before leaving any waterbody to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. You cannot stock or introduce any live fish, except for hooked bait, into waters without permission. Please respect posted limits at each pond to help keep these ponds healthy.

RENT FISHING EQUIPMENT Basic equipment sets including fishing poles, tackle boxes and lures are available for rent for $10 per day. Contact guest services at (712) 684-2697 Ext. 102 or guestinfo@whiterockconservancy.org for more information.

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