Orlan Love

Outdoors reporter for The Gazette


A fishing dilemma

LANSING - The age-old angler's quandary - whether it's better to leave biting fish in search of others or exploit them until your arms ache - confronted my fishing buddy Dave Patterson and me this week.

Neither of us having fished the Mississipp ... »

Conservation group partners with others to restore 40 wetlands

CEDAR RAPIDS - The nonprofit Nature Conservancy in Iowa, in cooperation with several partners, is restoring 40 wetlands in the Cedar River basin.

The wetlands store and treat water, reducing flood peaks and improving water quality, while providin ... »

A fishing seminar for the new and old

Veteran angler and tournament competitor Brian Stoll will conduct fishing seminars - one for beginners, one for advanced anglers - next month at Kirkwood Community College.

Stoll, who manages the website and Facebook page for the Iowa Bass Feder ... »

In Iowa: Dry weather this June could bring drought to the state of Iowa

No one is mentioning the #x201c;D#x201d; word yet, but continued dry weather could change that.

As I write this on the Thursday preceding publication, with 10 virtually rain-free days behind us, the forecast calls for at least that many to come, s ... »

Forum explores relationship between karst, livestock operations and water quality

DECORAH - Though it provides little solace for northeast Iowans worried about the impact of livestock confinements in areas of karst topography, attendees at a daylong forum on the subject at Luther College learned last week that residents of Wisconsin' ... »

Butterfly raised in Cedar Rapids makes it to Mexico

Monarch butterfly enthusiasts say it's a thrill to have one of their tags recovered at the imperiled insect's wintering grounds in Mexico.

#x201c;We are proud our strong boy made it all the way. It shows we are raising healthy butterflies,#x201d; ... »

Karst can aid rivers as well as streams

DECORAH - I had a revelation Tuesday during a presentation at Luther College by Department of Natural Resources Northeast Iowa Fisheries Supervisor Mike Steuck.

Steuck, one of several speakers at a forum on #x201c;Karst, Water Quality and L ... »

Following $2.4 million renovation, Pleasant Creek open for business

PALO - Though the lake still is six feet below normal on the eve of the year's first holiday camping weekend, it will be #x201c;kind of business as usual#x201d; at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area, Park Ranger Carl Fairley said.

The campground ... »

Cedar Rapids fisherman wins $20,000 prize

A Cedar Rapids man who learned to fish through the Bass Federation youth program won $20,000 last week in a big-time tournament on the Mississippi River.

Cole Herb, 25, credits mental toughness and mentoring by several local anglers with he ... »

Cedar Rock State Park ‘friends’ step in to preserve piece of history

QUASQUETON - With shrinking budgets, Iowa state parks increasingly are getting by with a little help from their friends.

Cedar Rock State Park, site of a well-preserved Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, is a case in point.

About 50 people t ... »