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

    Brook Trout - Fair: Use scuds or stonefly imitations for fish not rising to the surface.
    Brown Trout - Good: A great time to fish for Brown Trout is when water turns off color from rainfall events. Try caddis fly and midge larvae imitations hatching off the water. Nice hatches of blue wing olives, dark hendricksons, and caddis are occurring on warmer sunny afternoons.
    Rainbow Trout - Good: Fish rainbow trout in the head end of riffles. Try slowly pulling a black bead head fly with a light colored scud or midge dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water.
    The road to Decorah Fish Hatchery will be under construction through June. Many streams are off color. Streams with better watersheds will clear quicker. Call 563-927-5736 for catchable trout stocking locations. Use jigs tipped with twistertails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler to catch a freshly stocked fish.

    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

    • 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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