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

Brook Trout - Good: Stream conditions are excellent and require a bit more stealth when approaching.
Brown Trout - Good: Caddis flies, small mayflies, midges and gnats are becoming more numerous. Dry fly angling has been excellent. Try using a #16 or 18 for the pale evening dun hatches. Also try a blue wing olive with a gnarly midge dropper. Be prepared to change flies often.
Rainbow Trout - Good: All streams are being stocked with trout. For stocked trout, try using a hook tipped with a worm, cheese or dough ball.
Trout anglers be aware turkey hunting season runs through May 22. Hunters are highly camouflaged. Wear bright colors but NOT red, blue, brown, or white. Morel mushrooms are also beginning to pop up. Our angler accesses on private property only allow for fishing. All other activities must be permitted by the landowner.
Brook Trout - Good: Stream conditions are excellent and require a bit more stealth when approaching.
Brown Trout - Good: Caddis flies, small mayflies, midges and gnats are becoming more numerous. Dry fly angling has been excellent. Try using a #16 or 18 for the pale evening dun hatches. Also try a blue wing olive with a gnarly midge dropper. Be prepared to change flies often.
Rainbow Trout - Good: All streams are being stocked with trout. For stocked trout, try using a hook tipped with a worm, cheese or dough ball.
Water clarity is excellent but may turn off color depending on rain amounts over the next several days. This may spur a feeding frenzy for brown trout. Our angler accesses on private property only allow for fishing. All other activities must be permitted by the landowner.

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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Fish Stocking

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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