City of Waukee staff members have been working closely with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide accessible, quality fishing opportunities in the Waukee community. Three ponds in Waukee are now stocked with a total of 1,435 bluegill and 24 largemouth bass. The ponds are located south of the Grand Prairie Parkway and Tallgrass Lane intersection in southern Kettlestone near Holmes Murphy. Fishing fans are encouraged to access these ponds via the Kettlestone Trails System.
The City is also planning to build a pond and an all-inclusive fishing pier at the future Waukee Youth Sports Complex and Park, anticipated to be completed in 2022.
Those wishing to buy a fishing license, explore maps, get Iowa fishing regulations and learn more can visit the DNR website. In Waukee, residents and visitors can purchase fishing licenses in person at the Hy-Vee Gas Station, located at 1025 Hickman Road.
Per Iowa's fishing regulations, the daily limit for bluegills is 25. The daily limit for bass is 3, but bass must be at least 15 inches long to keep. Releasing bass back into the waterbody helps maintain healthy fish populations.