Welcome to Iowa Trout Country!

Plenty of opportunities await trout anglers in Iowa:
  • 50 catchable-stocked rainbow and brook trout fisheries on publicly-accessible streams
  • 9 special trout fisheries with restrictive regulations
  • 17 urban trout fisheries
  • Over 50 wild, self-sustaining trout fisheries throughout northeast Iowa
Schedule time during your next trip to northeast Iowa to visit one of Iowa's three trout hatcheries - Manchester, Decorah, or Big Springs. The grounds to each facility are open to the public year round from sunrise to sunset. Fisheries employees are available during office hours to answer all your trout fishing questions.

Plan your Iowa Trout Fishing Adventure

Get the most out of your trout fishing trip with information about each stream's location, qualities, and other fun facts on the trout streams webpage.

Check out the overview map of all trout streams in Northeast Iowa online, or email the DNR or call the DNR Phone Center at 515-725-8200 to request a printed version. A mobile-friendly version of the trout map is also available.

Buy Your Fishing Licenses Online

Catchable Trout Streams

Find your favorite trout stream and when it will be stocked with the proposed stocking schedule. Call 563-927-5736 for current trout stream or urban stocking information.

Trout Information
+ Trout Regulations (Fees, Seasons, Limits, etc)
+ Can I fish here?
+ Iowa's Wild Trout
+ Improving Stream Fishing
+ Kids' Trout Fishing Ponds
Urban Trout Fisheries

Urban trout stockings offer a "close to home" option for anglers in cities and towns across Iowa who might not normally travel to northeast Iowa to discover trout fishing. These cool weather stockings, held each October through April, are a great place to take kids to catch their first fish.


2018 Winter/Spring Urban Trout Stocking Schedule

Winter stocking events are dependent on favorable weather and ice conditions. Date and times may change due to weather. Please check back often for possible changes.

Blue Pit, Mason City Cerro Gordo County Jan. 13 11:00 am
Scharnberg Pond, Spencer Clay County Jan. 13   12:30 pm
Moorland Pond, Fort Dodge Webster County Jan. 20   9:30 am
Big Lake, Council Bluffs Pottawattamie County Jan. 20   Noon
Lake Petocka, Bondurant - Rescheduled Polk County Feb. 10 Noon
Bacon Creek, Sioux City Woodbury County Jan. 27 2:00 pm
Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake, Ames Story County Feb. 3 Noon
Discovery Park , Muscatine  
Muscatine County March 23 10:00 am
Lake of the Hills, Davenport Scott County March 23 10:30 am
Wilson Lake, Fort Madison Lee County March 23 Noon
Ottumwa Park Pond Wapello County March 24 11:00 am
Terry Trueblood Lake, Iowa City  Johnson County March 24 11:00 am
Prairie Park (Cedar Bend), Cedar Rapids Linn County March 31 10:00 am
Banner Lake (South) , Indianola at Summerset State Park Warren County April 7 11:00 am
Heritage Pond, Dubuque Dubuque County April 14 10:00 am
North Prairie , Cedar Falls Black Hawk County  April 14 11:00 am  
Sand Lake , Marshalltown Marshall County  April 21 11:00 am


Family Fishing Events


2018 Winter/Spring Family Fishing Events

 Contact our partners listed below for more information about each Family Fishing Event.

Location Date Time Partner Contact Info
Blue Pit, Mason City Jan. 13 11:00 am Mason City Parks & Rec 641-420-0241
Scharnberg Pond, Spencer Jan. 13 12:30 pm Clay CCB 712-262-2187
Moorland Pond, Fort Dodge Jan. 20 9:30 am Webster CCB 515-576-4258
Big Lake, Council Bluffs Jan. 20 Noon Council Bluffs Parks & Rec 712-328-4650
Lake Petocka, Bondurant -  Rescheduled Feb. 10 Noon Bondurant Parks & Rec 515-967-2418
Ada Hayden, Ames Feb. 3 Noon Story CCB 515-232-2516
Ottumwa Park Pond March 24 11:00 am Ottumwa Parks & Rec 641-682-7873
Terry Trueblood, Iowa City March 24 11:00 am Iowa City Parks & Rec 319-356-5100
Prairie Park (Cedar Bend), Cedar Rapids March 31 11:00 am Cedar Rapids Parks & Rec 319-286-5799
Banner Lake (South), Indianola at Summerset State Park April 7 11:00 am Warren County Isaac Walton League 515-229-7418
Heritage Pond, Dubuque April 14 10:00 am Dubuque CCB 563-556-6745
North Prairie, Cedar Falls April 14 11:00 am Dan Kirby, Iowa DNR Fisheries 563-927-3276
Sand Lake, Marshalltown April 21 11:00 am Marshall CCB 641-752-5490