Welcome to Iowa Trout Country!

Plenty of opportunities await trout anglers with 50 catchable rainbow and brook trout fisheries, seven special trout fisheries, seventeen urban trout fisheries, and 26 put-and-grow trout fisheries. Annual stockings maintain most of these since successful natural reproduction of trout occurs in a few Iowa waters. Catch wild, naturally-sustaining brown or brook trout at forty-five trout fisheries.

Explore Iowa Trout Streams
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 . Location maps are made using State of Iowa GIS maps and Rural Address Maps provided by the respective county engineer's office. Check out the overview map of all trout streams in Northeast Iowa online, or email the DNR or call the DNR Phone Center at 515-725-820 to request a printed version. A mobile-friendly version of the trout map is now available.

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.
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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)
+ Habitat Improvement
+ Fish Restoration
+ Angler Conservation Easements and Acquisitions
+ Put and Grow Streams
+ Kids' Trout Fishing Pond (Big Spring)
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.

All winter stocking events are weather dependent and ice quality dependent. Dates and times may change due to weather, please check back often for possible changes.

Blue Pit, Mason City Cerro Gordo County Jan 14 11:00 am
Scharnberg Pond,Spencer Clay County Jan 14 12:00 pm
Moorland Pond, Fort Dodge Webster County Jan 20 11:00 am
Big Lake, Council Bluffs - re-scheduled Pottawattamie County Feb 16 3:00 pm
Petocka, Bondurant Polk County Feb 3 12:00 pm
Ada Hayden, Ames Story County Feb 9 12:00 pm
Bacon Creek, Sioux City Woodbury County Feb 4 1:30 pm
Discovery Park, Muscatine Muscatine County March 24 10:00 am
Lake of the Hills, Davenport Scott County March 24 12:00 pm
Wilson Lake, Fort Madison Lee County March 24 12:00 pm
Ottumwa Park Pond Wapello County March 25 11:00 am
Terry Trueblood Lake, Iowa City Johnson County March 25 11:00 am
North Prairie, Cedar Falls Black Hawk County April 8 10:00 am
Banner Lake (South), Indianola at Summerset State Park Warren County April 8 12:00 pm
Prairie Park (Cedar Bend), Cedar Rapids Linn County April 15 10:30 am
Heritage Pond, Dubuque Dubuque County April 22 10:00 am
Sand Lake, Marshalltown Marshall County April 22 12:00 pm

Family Fishing Events

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

Location Date Time Partner Contact Info
Blue Pit 1/14/2017 11:00 am Mason City Parks & Rec 641-420-0241
Scharnberg Pond 1/14/2017 12:00 pm Clay CCB 712-262-2187
Moorland Pond 1/21/2017 11:00 am Webster CCB 515-576-4258
Big Lake - cancelled 1/21/2017 11:00 am Council Bluffs Parks & Rec 712-328-4650
Petoka - cancelled 1/28/2017 12:00 pm Bondurant Parks & Rec 515-967-2418
Ada Hayden - cancelled 2/04/2017 12:00 pm Story CCB 515-232-6989
Ottumwa Park 3/25/2017 11:00 am Ottumwa Parks & Rec 641-682-7873
Terry Trueblood 3/25/2017 11:00 am Iowa City Parks & Rec 319-356-5100
North Prairie 4/08/2017 10:00 am Dan Kirby 563-927-3276
Banner Lake 4/08/2017 12:00 pm Warren County Issac Walton League 515-229-7418
Prairie Park 4/15/2017 10:30 am Cedar Rapids Parks & Rec 319-286-5799
Heritage Pond 4/22/2017 10:00 am Dubuque CCB 563-556-6745
Sand Lake 4/22/2017 12:00 pm Marshall CCB 641-752-5490