Stream Details

North Canoe Creek

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Stream located about 7.5 miles north of Decorah. Take Locust Road 5.6 miles north and turn west onto Canoe Valley Road for 1.3 miles.
Stream Segment Length: 0.60

Amenities

Amenities at North Canoe Creek include:

    District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

    Rainbow Trout - Good: Try a feathered spinner or a hook tipped with worm drifted along an undercut bank for fun. Always leave gates and fences as you find them.
    Second shotgun deer season opens this weekend. Many streams run through wildlife management areas where hunting is allowed. Wear bright clothing and make noise when not stalking a trout. Walk carefully around freshly cleared areas in streams. These are trout nests or "redds".
    Brook Trout - Good: Vibrant colors abound on spawning fish. A variety of small mayflies are hatching mid-afternoon. Use a dry fly for insects hatching off the water surface. Use a nymph or scud dropper for subsurface critters.
    Brown Trout - Excellent: With cold temperatures in the forecast and spawning fish, it's time to change strategies. Begin using patterns imitating small fish, eggs, and scuds. Small gnats, mayflies, caddisflies hatch on warmer afternoons.

    Fishing Summary

    The North Canoe Creek fishery is maintained with annual fingerling stockings of Brown Trout. Sampling data from 2007 showed 52 French Creek strain brown trout sampled per mile with fish up to 16 inches. The lower 0.6 miles of stream is open to public fishing, however, the rest of the stream is on private property and requires landowner permission to access. Since most of the stream is not open to public fishing, only the lower open portion is shown on the map. If anglers wish to fish outside the 0.6 mile open fishing portion, they must receive landowner permission.(2017)

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    Popular Fish Species in this Stream

    Fish Stocking

    • 6/6/16 - 8,400 Brown Trout (4")
    • 05/11/2015 - 8,000 Brown Trout (4")
    • 06/02/2014 - 5,360 Brown Trout (2")
    • 05/07/2012 - 8,000 Brown Trout (2.1)
    • 05/16/2011 - 7,376 Brown Trout (2.0")
    • 05/24/2010 - 7,015 Brown Trout (2.0")
    • 05/21/2009 - 8,000 Brown Trout (4.0")
    • 05/13/2008 - 7,514 Brown Trout (4.0")
    • 05/24/2007 - 4,000 Brown Trout (2.1")

    Regulations

    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: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout

    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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