Stream Details

Waterloo Creek

General Information

County: Allamakee
Location: Streams runs through Dorchester along Waterloo Creek Drive and Highway 76.
Stream Segment Length: 10.50

Amenities

Amenities at Waterloo Creek include:
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brown Trout - Good: Brown Trout spawn is nearing completion. Continue to watch the stream bottom for cleared areas in gravel. These are trout nests or redds. Avoid stepping in them. Try using larger flies or lures mimicking minnows.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Use a small piece of worm or cheese on a hook under a bobber in a deeper hole.
To find out if trout are coming to a lake near you, visit our website for urban pond stocking. Thank you to all who participated in this year's catchable stocked trout program. Looking forward to seeing you next April. Even though Iowa's trout season stays open all year long, many catchables remain in the streams challenging even the best anglers.
Brook Trout - Good: Brook Trout spawn is here. Similar to Brown's, Brook Trout build nests in the stream bottom. Good insect hatches occur on warm sunny afternoons. This is a good time to try nymphs, emerger, or topwater patterns.

Fishing Summary

Portions of Waterloo Creek above Dorchester are stocked weekly April trhough October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. Wild brown trout populations are present throughout this stream. Waterloo Creek below Highway 76 is posted as a catch and release area and artificial lure only rule applies. Sampling data from 2010 showed 685 brown trout per mile with fish up to 23 inches. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Stream access is easy with many angler access points on both public and private land. Primitive camping is available on the Waterloo Creek Wildlife Management Area.(2012)

Stream Maps

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2017 - 2,267 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 7,947 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 1,129 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 9,086 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 1,603 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 8,800 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 1,917 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 7,835 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 2,041 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 8,294 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 1,273 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 9,390 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 407 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 9,696 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2010 - 319 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2010 - 8,234 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2009 - 10,419 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2008 - 411 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2008 - 8,523 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)

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: Catch and release only. Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.
  • 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: Catch and release only. Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.
  • 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: Catch and release only. Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.
  • 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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