IOWA CITY- A couple dozen people braved this morning’s chilly and cloudy weather to attend the first trout fishing derby at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area in Iowa City. The anglers took advantage of the official opening of the park today at Sand Lake.
Nearly 2,000 trout fill Sand Lake as anglers did their best to collect as many as possible.
“We’ve been doing a lot on river resources so this is a new entity. This is a lake resource we’ve been using. This connects with all the other recreation activities we have in the community,” said Iowa City Parks and Recs Director Mike Moran.
A project in the works since 2007 to turn this sand mound into a center of activity so people like Darren Schuesslar could bring his daughter Bella for some outdoor fun.
“Working all the time I don’t get to spend a lot of time with my kids so it’s good to get out here and do this kind of thing,” said angler Darren Schuesslar.
It’s the start of another adventure for seven year old Bella beginning with the bait.
“It’s slimy and it’s pink,” said angler Bella Schuesslar.
And the next task…
“To go fishing,” said Bella Schuesslar.
It was family affair as people of all ages came out to enjoy a manmade attraction.
“It’s real important for the kids to get in touch with nature,” said Darren Schuesslar.
And something about trout fishing brings out the kid in some of us. While Saturday marked the soft opening, Sand Lake and the surrounding area isn’t quite done yet.
“This whole facility we’ve seen bikers, we’ve seen walkers and now we’ve seen fishermen and pretty soon when the park lodge is here we’ll see picnickers and everything else,” said Moran.
Next year, Iowa City parks and recs officials want to construct a park lodge at Sand Lake as well. The DNR uses the money it makes form selling trout tags and fishing licenses to fund the lake stockings.