Stream Details

Hewett and Ensign Creeks (Ensign Hollow)

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: Located on Ensign Hollow Wildlife Management Area about 5 miles north of Strawberry Point. Access is provided on the north side of 322nd street.
Stream Segment Length: 1.30


Amenities at Hewett and Ensign Creeks (Ensign Hollow) include:
  • Camping

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Good: Use flies or lures that look like sculpins or suckers in flood ravaged streams where there is no aquatic vegetation.
Trout streams should be fishable by the weekend. Anglers please be aware it is hunting season so be courteous to other recreational users. All catchable stockings are unannounced through October. All streams continue to be stocked. There have been good hatches of small mayflies and caddis flies midday.
Brown Trout - Good: Brown Trout are beginning their pre-spawn activities. Anglers should start to see small indentations in the stream bottom called redds. Please try not to step in these areas.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Anglers can find Rainbow Trout hiding in the upper and lower ends of pools. Dance a meaty looking fly or lure in these areas and wait.

Fishing Summary

Hewett Creek (aka Ensign Hollow) supports a moderate density brown trout population that appears capable of sustaining itself through natural reproduction. Formerly stocked, but beginning in 2011 stocking has been suspended. Primitive camping is allowed on this area.(2012)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • 05/20/2009 - 3,000 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • 05/12/2008 - 2,126 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • 05/30/2007 - 1,000 Rainbow Trout (3.0")
  • 05/21/2007 - 3,000 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • 05/23/2006 - 1,000 Rainbow Trout (2.3")
  • 05/07/2006 - 3,000 Brown Trout (2.0")


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

  • 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: Catch and release only. Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.
  • 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.