Stream Details

Pine Spring Creek

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: 6.5 miles north of Decorah. Take Hwy 52 north and then North Winn Road (W34) north to Seed Savers' Exchange.
Stream Segment Length: 2.00


Amenities at Pine Spring Creek include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Fair: A variety of aquatic and terrestrial insects, such as ants and beetles, are more numerous. Small spinnerbaits and jigs tipped with twistertails work for trout.
Brown Trout - Good: Hendrickson, caddis, and cranefly hatches occurring. Crickets common along streams now. Use hendrickson, gnat, or beadhead nymph patterns. Pale yellow, black, brown, grey colors working.
Rainbow Trout - Fair: A piece of worm or small cheese chunk on a hook under a bobber works in deeper holes or floated past an undercut bank. A variety of small spinnerbaits work well.
Small game hunting seasons open in Iowa. Many trout streams flow though areas with hunting. Wear bright colors. Due to recent rain activity, streams will be stocked depending on stream conditions day of stocking. Listen to the trout stocking hotline for daily information at 563-927-5736.

Fishing Summary

Pine Spring Creek is located on the Seed Savers' Exchange Heritage Farm. The stream meanders 2 miles through the property and is home to a restored population of South Pine strain Brook Trout. Brook Trout were restored by stockings of native trout in 2003 and 2004. Brown Trout have not been stocked here, but migrate in from other streams. No recent stockings have occurred in the stream, and all Brook Trout and Brown Trout are from naturally reproducing populations. Special Regulations Apply: Brook Trout Catch and Release only. Artificial Lures only on this stream. Seeds Savers' Exchange does not allow tobacco use on their property to protect their heritage tobacco strains from tobacco mosaic virus. No alcohol allowed on property. (2017)

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        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.