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

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

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Good: A variety of aquatic and terrestrial insects, such as ants and beetles, are more numerous. Use care not to spook a feeding fish.
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. Try using terrestrial patterns for crickets and ants.
Rainbow Trout - Good: A piece of worm or small cheese chunk on a hook under a bobber work in the deeper holes or floated past an undercut bank. A variety of small spinnerbaits also work.
Yellow wild parsnip blooming. Wear long sleeved clothing when walking through it to prevent skin contact. Catchable trout are stocked as weather and water conditions permit. 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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Fish Stocking

    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

    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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