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Iowa Fish and Fishing

Iowa Fish and Fishing

Back in April of 1951 when you received your copy of the Iowa Conservationist, you would have seen the headline: (for those that have lost their copy, “I know it’s around here somewhere!”  I’ve...

Glass Hatching Jars

By Vance Polton Although by now a good percentage of the hatchery staff are sick of looking at hatching jars full of fish eggs, I decided we ought to spend some time looking at...

The Backbone Trout Hatchery

By Vance Polton Today I thought we would visit the Backbone Trout hatchery but instead of going straight back to the past as we usually do, we would first spend a little time in the present...

Outdoor Talk

By Vance Polton After just getting back from the Walleye spawning operations at Rathbun I like to kick back and relax and watch a little TV.  Now here at Wayback Wednesday, we aren’t in the age of streaming services and...

Fay Fronk

By Vance Polton As it’s getting close to the start of the walleye spawning operations I thought we should spend some time this morning with Fay Fronk who worked at the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery...

The Tombstone

By Vance Polton You’ve all probably seen a photo of it or at least heard about Carl’s headstone.  The “Death: Overwork at Fish Hatchery” tombstone. But what do you know about the man whose...

Wayback Wednesday Goes to the Movies

By Vance Polton Since the Oscars were just last weekend I thought it was appropriate to talk about “Iowa Fisheries on Film”.  As early as 1915 and probably even a little earlier than that...

Statewide Edition

By Vance Polton Today’s Jaunt back through time really isn’t that far back. Heck, it’s just back around the corner. Of course it was back in the last century if you want to look at it that way. But let’s not. We’re headed back to...