Stream Details

Turkey River

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: Located 6 miles northwest of Elkader at Big Spring Hatchery.
Stream Segment Length: 1.00

Amenities

Amenities at Turkey River include:
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Carry Down Boat Launch

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

Turkey River is stocked twice a week April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. Improvements have been made to ensure easy access to the river. A small campground with non-electric sites is available close to the hatchery.(2012)

Stream Maps

Download Printable Stream Map

Parking Access
Catchable Trout Waters
Special Trout Fisheries

You can zoom the map in and out using the slider on the left hand side, and you can pan the map by clicking and dragging. Rollover features for more information. Click streams to go to their page.

Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2013 - 310 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 771 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 978 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 6,090 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 308 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 334 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 1,588 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 1,687 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 277 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 359 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 1,237 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 1,716 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/04/2011 - 22,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • annual 2010 - 73 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 168 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 1,031 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 1,595 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/19/2010 - 19,300 Walleye (1.4")
  • annual 2009 - 1,040 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2009 - 10,959 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/27/2009 - 9,600 Walleye (1.6")
  • annual 2008 - 4,110 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 6,291 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 10,320 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 102,675 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/28/2008 - 8,950 Walleye (1.5")
  • annual 2007 - 95 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 1,363 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 970 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 7,777 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/21/2007 - 9,500 Walleye (1.4")
  • annual 2006 - 6 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 1,243 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 112 Brown Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 1,554 Brown Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 40 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 7,723 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 06/07/2006 - 4,840 Walleye (1.2")
  • 05/25/2006 - 4,760 Walleye (1.3")

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
  • 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
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 12-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:

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.

Return