Stream Details

Trout River

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Located 5 miles southeast of Decorah off of 133rd Avenue.
Stream Segment Length: 5.00

Amenities

Amenities at Trout River include:

    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 River is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. It contains a self-sustaining brown trout population. Sampling data from 2009 showed 224 brown trout per mile with fish up to 15 inches. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Primitive camping is available at the state owned Trout River Wildlife Management Area.(2012)

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    Popular Fish Species in this Stream

    Fish Stocking

    • annual 2013 - 3,565 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2013 - 2,969 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2012 - 3,875 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2012 - 3,470 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2011 - 4,697 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2011 - 2,096 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2010 - 2,779 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2010 - 2,671 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2009 - 6,995 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2008 - 3,270 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2008 - 2,645 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • 05/13/2008 - 709 Brown Trout (4.0")
    • annual 2007 - 3,626 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2007 - 3,483 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • 05/24/2007 - 1,500 Brown Trout (2.1")
    • annual 2006 - 4,220 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2006 - 164 Brown Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2006 - 2,731 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • 05/15/2006 - 1,000 Brook Trout (4.4")

    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
    • 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

    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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