Stream Details

Trout Run

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Located on the south side of Decorah off Trout Run Road.
Stream Segment Length: 2.20

Amenities

Amenities at Trout Run include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Trout streams are in excellent condition. Look for sporadic midge hatches on warmer days. For these hatches, try using #18 or 20 emergers or nymphs with a #22 or #24 drop hook gnarly midge. Use more streamers or scuds as prey availability has changed and fish are looking for something meatier. Anglers using minnows and dark flashy hair jigs will catch fish.
Brook Trout - Good: Water clarity is excellent so watch your shadow on clear sunny days. Anglers may want to use larger jigs or streamers that imitate minnows or small trout.
Brown Trout - Fair: Sny Magill and North Cedar Fish and Wildlife areas were the first private lands purchased for the purpose of trout stream management open to the public, according to the 1975 Job Completion Report by Fisheries Management Section to the State Conservation Commission.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Larger rainbows are moving upstream in preparation for spawning. Try using baits imitating minnows and small trout.

Fishing Summary

Trout Run is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. This fishery contains low numbers of stream-reared French Creek strain brown trout maintained through annual stocking of fingerling fish. The headwaters of the stream are adjacent to the Decorah Trout Hatchery. There is access to a multiuse trail system with easy angling access, modern restrooms and plenty of picnic areas. The hatchery is a great place to bring kids of all ages to feed the trout. Across the road from the hatchery on private property is the world famous Decorah eagle nest.(2012)

Stream Maps

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Catchable Trout Waters
Special Trout Fisheries

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2013 - 5,341 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 11,214 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 5,186 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 10,958 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 6,551 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 11,212 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/16/2011 - 3,688 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2010 - 3,961 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 9,190 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/21/2010 - 3,994 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2009 - 17,021 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/21/2009 - 4,000 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • annual 2008 - 4,877 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 9,414 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 4,894 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 9,420 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 2,370 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 4,363 Brown Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 7,178 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)

Regulations

The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • 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
  • 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
  • Shorthead redhorse
    • 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.
  • 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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