Stream Details

Maquoketa River (trout portion)

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: The Upper Maquoketa River from Joy Springs downstream to Backbone Lake contains trout year-round. The area 3 miles southwest of Strawberry Point off 400th is stocked with catchable fish.
Stream Segment Length: 8.00

Amenities

Amenities at Maquoketa River (trout portion) include:
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Trout streams are in excellent condition and continue fishing well. Anglers please be aware this weekend is second shotgun deer season so make sure to wear alot of orange. A spinner or crank bait will catch trout.
Brook Trout - Good: Use flies or lures that look like sculpins, dace, or suckers.
Brown Trout - Good: Anglers have had success using a nymph rig with a scud dropper but most fish were hitting wet flies.
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

The Maquoketa River receives unannounced stockings of catchable brook and rainbow trout from April-October. The river corridor is a combination of state land and private land. Please obey signage as posted and respect private property rights.(2012)

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Special Trout Fisheries

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2015 - 910 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2015 - 17,600 Brown Trout (3")
  • annual 2015 - 3,950 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2014 - 750 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2014 - 2,945 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 06/03/2014 - 10,000 Brown Trout (2")
  • annual 2013 - 900 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 2,600 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/15/2013 - 15,000 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2012 - 600 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 3,435 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/18/2012 - 17,019 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • annual 2011 - 850 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 2,350 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/17/2011 - 20,550 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2010 - 325 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 2,683 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/10/2010 - 5,000 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2009 - 170 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2009 - 3,727 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/20/2009 - 7,500 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2008 - 698 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 2,377 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/12/2008 - 2,834 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2007 - 400 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 3,125 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/21/2007 - 2,000 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • annual 2006 - 1,300 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 2,050 Brown Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 850 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/07/2006 - 4,000 Brown Trout (2.0")

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
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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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