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CRYSTAL LAKE, IA - One north Iowa lake is benefiting from much-needed renovations making it a hot spot for fishing this year.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has been working on this $3 million project to restock fish in the lake and cut sediment through a process called dredging.
Since the project began, officials say they’ve seen a major change in the fishing and camping scene with people from all over paying a visit to the lake.
“In the last five years, we’ve actually seen a big turn around from it and actually in the last three years we’ve seen really big fish coming out there. That’s actually drawing people from Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and the Dakotas. We’ve been getting calls from all those states frequently asking about the fishing reports,” said Cale Edwards, Executive Director of Hancock County Conservation Board.
Area businesses also say they’ve seen an increase in their local economy as more tourists make their way to the now thriving lake.
“Nine times out of ten there is about twenty campers here that are strictly here for fishing so it’s really great to see the park being used heavily for fishing and just other recreational purposes. It’s been a great success story,” said Edwards.