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Coldwater Creek is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout and also provides opportunites for wild brown trout. Sampling data for Coldwater from 2011 showed 1593 brown trout per mile with fish up to 19 inches present. Coldwater also has a population of rainbow trout with inconsistent natural reproduction. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. The spring source of Coldwater Creek is on public property and one of the most beautiful in Iowa. There are areas of easy streambank access. Primitive camping opportunities are available in the Coldwater Creek Wildlife Management Area. Please be aware that segments of the stream are on private property where only angling is permitted. (2012)
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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.