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

    Brook Trout - Fair: Use flies or lures that look like sculpins, dace, or suckers.
    Brown Trout - Good: Fishing when the water turns off color from run-off will turn the browns on. Anglers may want to try critters imitating small caddis fly larvae or gnats hatching off the water.
    Rainbow Trout - Fair: Black fly midge or hare's ear wet flies are attracting bows fished in the riffles. Try slowly pulling a black bead head fly with a yellow scud dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water.
    Streams are in fair condition but flows remain elevated. Rain/snow will turn streams off color but streams with better water quality will clear quicker. Gravel roads are beginning to get soft as the frost goes out. Decent hatches of caddis flies and midges have been occurring with the recent spring-like weather. A few early stonefly hatches have also been noticed.

    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 2015 - 3,565 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2015 - 3,927 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2014 - 4,086 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2014 - 2,320 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • 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")

    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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