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Trout fishing in Iowa

Iowa boasts some of the most beautiful and plentiful trout streams in the Upper Midwest. A true angler’s paradise, the northeast region of Iowa is dotted with hundreds of miles of trout streams. Some are easily accessible in state or county parks, and others are located in some of Iowa most wild and remote natural spaces. Iowa trout streams offer rainbow, brown and brook trout, both naturally reproducing and stocked.

The Iowa DNR is hard at work to provide detailed information on Iowa trout streams, including maps, amenities and more.

Trout Streams

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Stream County Location Length
Baileys Ford Delaware 3 miles southeast of Manchester - follow signage from Jefferson Road. 0.60
Bankston Creek Dubuque Just south of Park Hollow Road, 3 miles north of Bankston in Bankston County Park 0.60
Bear Creek Clayton Bixby State Preserve, 2 miles north of Edgewood just east of Fortune Road. 0.50
Bear Creek Fayette Located 6 miles southeast of Fayette off of Kornhill Road or CR C24. Access from 128th Street. 1.20
Big Mill Creek Jackson Located on Big Mill Wildlife Management Area, 4.5 miles west of Bellevue just south of Mill Creek Road. 0.90
Bigalk Creek Howard Located 7 miles northeast of Cresco. 0.60
Bloody Run Creek Clayton Located 2 miles west of Marquette off of Highway 18. 6.50
Bohemian Creek Winneshiek Located about 1.5 miles east of Protivin. 0.30
Brush Creek Fayette Located in Brush Creek Canyon State Preserve, 1.5 miles north of Arlington off of CR C2W or 90th Street. 1.60
Brush Creek Jackson Located 2 miles norteast of Andrew just south of 261st street. 1.90
Buck Creek Clayton Located 3 miles northeast of Garnavillo. 1.70
Burr Oak Creek Mitchell Stream located just north of Osage. T98N, R16W, S4, 5, 9, 10 2.00
Casey Springs Winneshiek Stream located north of Decorah. T99N, R9W, S25, 26 1.50
Clear Creek Allamakee Stream runs along Highway 9 through Lansing. Public angling access is at the County Park located off South Road Drive. 2.00
Clear Creek (put and grow) Allamakee Located on Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area, 4 miles east of Dorchester along Sleepy Hollow Drive. 3.40
Coldwater Creek Winneshiek Located 3 miles northwest of Bluffton off of Coldwater Creek Road. 4.00
Coon Creek Winneshiek Located in Coon Creek Wildlife Management Area, 7 miles northeast of Decorah. 2.60
Dunning Spring Winneshiek Located in Dunnings Spring Park on the north side of Decorah off Ice Cave Road. 0.20
Dutton Springs Creek Fayette Located 3 miles northeast of West Union in Dutton's Cave Park. 0.27
East Pine Creek Winneshiek Stream located east of Bluffton. T100N, R9W, S21, 22, 23
Fountain Springs Delaware 2.5 miles northeast of Greeley along Oak Road. Most of the fishery lies within Fountain Springs County Park 2.30
French Creek Allamakee Located on French Creek Wildlife Management Area and private land 6 miles northeast of Waukon. 5.60
Glovers Creek Fayette Access in Echo Valley State Park, about 3 miles southeast of West Union. 0.80
Grannis Creek Fayette Located in Grannis Creek Wildlife Management Area, 3.5 miles southeast of Fayette off of Grannis Road. 1.50
Grimes Hollow Delaware 1.5 mile east of Colesburg off Hubbard Road. T90N-R3W; Sections 2, 3. 1.20
Hewett and Ensign Creeks (Ensign Hollow) Clayton Located on Ensign Hollow Wildlife Management Area about 5 miles north of Strawberry Point. Access is provided on the north side of 322nd street. 1.30
Hickory Creek Allamakee Located 1 mile southwest of Volney off of Hickory Creek Road. 1.50
Joy Springs Clayton South on Alpha Ave, off Highway 3 about 3 miles west of Strawberry Point in Joy Springs County Park. 0.80
Lansing Wildlife Area Creek Allamakee T99N, R3-4W, S11, 12, 13, 14, 18
Little Maquoketa Dubuque T88N - R1W; Sections 3, 4, and 5 1.00
Little Mill Creek Jackson Located on Little Mill Wildlife Managment Area and private property 2 miles west of Bellevue, with parking south off 216th street. 0.70
Little Paint Allamakee Located in Yellow River State Forest, 3 miles west of Harpers Ferry just off of State Forest Road or CR B25. 3.00
Little Turkey River Delaware 3 miles east of Colesburg in Hoffman Wildlife Managment Area off Hubbard Road 1.20
Little Turkey River (put and grow) Delaware 4 miles east of Colesburg off Hubbard Road 3.20
Lower Swiss Valley Creek Dubuque Located 3 miles south of Dubuque in Swiss Valley Park just off Swiss Valley Road 0.80
Maquoketa River (trout portion) Clayton The Upper Maquoketa River from Joy Springs downstream to Backbone Lake contains trout year-round. The area 3 miles southwest of Strawberry Point off 400th is stocked with catchable fish. 8.00
McLoud Run Linn Along the east side of I-380 in central Cedar Rapids
Middle Bear Creek Winneshiek Stream located 7 miles northeast of Highlandville. T100N, R7W, S14, 15, 16 1.30
Miners Creek Clayton Stream is located west of Guttenberg. T92N, R2W, S7, 18 and T29N, R3W, S12 0.80
Mink Creek Fayette Located on private property 1.5 miles north of Wadena, access on Bighorn Road. 0.90
Monastery Creek Dubuque Monastery Creek can be accessed through the Dubuque County Swiss Valley Nature Preserve about 4 miles SW of Dubuque off of Swiss Valley Rd. 0.20
Mossy Glen Clayton 5 miles northwest of Edgewood at the termination of the Level B portion of Eagle Ave. Road damage from weather has made access to this site difficult for all vehicles. Not recommended for low-clearance or 2-wheel drives. 0.50
North Bear Creek Winneshiek Located 2.5 miles northeast of Highlandville. 6.00
North Canoe Creek Winneshiek Stream located north of Decorah. T99N, R8W, S2, 11, 14, 15, 22 0.50
North Cedar Creek Clayton Located 3 miles west of McGregor off of CR B60 or Ivory Road. 2.00
Otter Creek Fayette Located 3 miles southeast of West Union. 2.50
Ozark Springs Jackson T86N - R1E; Section 32 0.70
Paint Creek Allamakee Located in Yellow River State Forest, 3 miles west of Harpers Ferry off of State Forest Road or CR B25. 11.00
Patterson Creek Allamakee Stream located 4 miles northwest of Waukon. 1.40
Pine Creek Allamakee Located on Pine Creek Wildlife Management Area, 2 miles northeast of Sattre on Balsam Road or CR W60. 2.50
Pine Creek (put and grow) Winneshiek Located 1 mile east of Bluffton. T99N, R9W, S3, 4, 10 and T100N, R9W, S28, 33, 34
Ram Hollow Delaware
Richmond Springs Delaware 3 miles south of Strawberry Point. Located entirely within Backbone State Park. Closest to north park gate access. 1.40
Sny Magill Creek Clayton Located in the Sny Magill Wildlife Management Area, 3 miles southwest of McGregor along Keystone Road. 5.00
South Bear Creek Winneshiek Located at Highlandville. 5.20
South Cedar Creek Clayton Located 2 miles south of Garnavillo and may be accessed from Jigsaw Road. 0.50
South Fork Mill Creek Jackson Located in Big Mill Wildlife Management Area between Bellevue-Cascade Road and Mill Creek road about 4 miles west of Bellevue. 1.10
South Pine Creek Winneshiek Located 1.5 miles southeast of Sattre. 2.00
Spring Branch Delaware 3 miles east-southeast of Manchester off 205th Avenue. Parking available near highway 20 overpass and Manchester Fish Hatchery 2.20
Spring Creek Mitchell Located on the west edge of Orchard. 0.80
Spring Falls Delaware T90N - R4W; sections 1, 2, 12 0.80
Teeple Creek Allamakee Stream is located south of Waukon. T97N, R6W, S11, 14, 24
Ten Mile Creek Winneshiek Located 2 miles northwest of Decorah. T98N, R9W, S1, 2, 3
Tete des Morts River Jackson Located near St. Donatus. T87N, R3E, S4 1.10
tributaries to Tete des Morts River Jackson Located near St. Donatus. T87N, R3E, S16, 17, 23 0.60
Trout River Winneshiek Located 5 miles southeast of Decorah off of 133rd Avenue. 5.00
Trout Run Winneshiek Located on the south side of Decorah off Trout Run Road. 2.20
Turkey River Clayton Located 6 miles northwest of Elkader at Big Spring Hatchery. 1.00
Turtle Creek Mitchell Located about 1/2 mile north of St. Ansgar off of Highway 218. 2.20
Twin Bridges Delaware Just south of Highway 3 about 5.5 miles west of Colesburg in Twin Bridges County Park 0.90
Twin Springs Winneshiek Located on the west side of Decorah in Twin Springs City Park. 0.50
Upper Swiss Valley Creek Dubuque Located 3 miles south of Dubuque near Swiss Valley Nature Center, just off Swiss Valley Road 2.10
Wapsi River Trout Section Mitchell Located 0.5 mile west of McIntire. 2.50
Waterloo Creek Allamakee Streams runs through Dorchester along Waterloo Creek Drive and Highway 76. 10.50
West Branch French Creek Allamakee Located on French Creek Wildlife Management Area 6 miles northeast of Waukon. 0.40
West Canoe Creek Winneshiek Located 5.5 miles north of Decorah off CR W34. 1.00
Wexford Creek Allamakee Located 5 miles north of Harpers Ferry on the Great River Road or CR X52. 1.40
White Pine Hollow Dubuque This fishery is located primarily within White Pine Hollow State preserve, about 2 miles northwest of Luxemburg. Access to this fishery is difficult. A small parking area is available on the east side of the preserve. Best fishing is on the west side. 1.80
Williams Creek Allamakee Stream is located near Luana. T96N, R5W, S8, 9, 17
Yellow River Allamakee T96N, R6W, S3 to T96N, R4W, S24 25.00

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