Stream Details

Coldwater Creek

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Located 3 miles northwest of Bluffton off of Coldwater Creek Road.
Stream Segment Length: 4.00

Amenities

Amenities at Coldwater Creek include:
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Trout streams are in excellent condition. Look for sporadic midge hatches on warmer days. For these hatches, try using #18 or 20 emergers or nymphs with a #22 or #24 drop hook gnarly midge. Use more streamers or scuds as prey availability has changed and fish are looking for something meatier. Anglers using minnows and dark flashy hair jigs will catch fish.
Brook Trout - Good: Water clarity is excellent so watch your shadow on clear sunny days. Anglers may want to use larger jigs or streamers that imitate minnows or small trout.
Brown Trout - Fair: Sny Magill and North Cedar Fish and Wildlife areas were the first private lands purchased for the purpose of trout stream management open to the public, according to the 1975 Job Completion Report by Fisheries Management Section to the State Conservation Commission.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Larger rainbows are moving upstream in preparation for spawning. Try using baits imitating minnows and small trout.

Fishing Summary

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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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2013 - 1,643 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 5,385 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 1,108 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 6,956 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 360 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 7,579 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 240 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 5,769 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2009 - 8,025 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 293 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 5,974 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 260 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 7,130 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 324 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 7,534 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)

Regulations

The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Brook Trout
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
  • Brown Trout
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
  • Rainbow Trout
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
  • 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.

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.

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