Turkey River (below Clermont)

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: This stretch is found in Fayette and Clayton County. A popular scenic and historical area is the Motor Mill Access about 8 miles southeast of Elkader on Galaxy Road.
Acres: 65.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: None

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Turkey River (below Clermont) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
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  • 5/25/16 - 10,661 Walleye (Fingerling)
  • 05/29/2015 - 3,294 Walleye (2")
  • 05/28/2014 - 9,600 Walleye (2")
  • 06/21/2013 - 1,920 Walleye (1.7")
  • annual 2012 - 1,163 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 10,197 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/17/2012 - 9,600 Walleye (1.3")
  • annual 2010 - 441 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2010 - 7,702 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/19/2010 - 9,400 Walleye (1.4")
  • 04/09/2009 - 60,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 15 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Rock Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 12-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White Sucker
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
This sixty five mile stretch begins below the dam at Clermont. This dam must be portaged around but good access to the river is available from both sides. Another dam at Elkader that must also be portaged around. Downstream from the dam at Elkader is a whitewater park completed summer 2013 that not only provides recreational opportunities but also off channel areas and eddies for fish to hide in. Between Clermont and Elkader is a cold water section of stream stocked with trout and detailed under Where To Fish, Trout Streams. Paddling a kayak or canoe is the best way to fish this river. A small johnboat with a shallow draft motor is also possible if the water levels are up. There are convenient sand and gravel bars along the way to get out and toss a line in to see what bites. Trophy sized Walleye have been caught in this section and if one of these fish taps your lure, hang on. This stream is stocked annually with Walleye fingerlings though IA DNR's interior river Walleye stocking program. This stream also supports an amazing Smallmouth Bass fishery. Below the Elkader dam, channel catfish can be caught.(2016)

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Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.