Stream Details

West Canoe Creek

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: About 5.5 miles north of Decorah off CR W34, 320th Street, and Fox Hollow Road.
Stream Segment Length: 3.00

Amenities

Amenities at West Canoe Creek include:
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Good: Use a dry fly for insects hatching off the water surface. Use a nymph or scud dropper for subsurface critters.
Brown Trout - Excellent: Use patterns imitating small fish, eggs, and scuds. Light hatches still occur on warmer afternoons.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Try a feathered spinner or a hook tipped with worm drifted along an undercut bank for fun. Always leave gates and fences as you find them.
Second shotgun deer season ends Sunday. Many streams run through wildlife management areas where hunting is allowed. Wear bright clothing and make noise when not stalking a trout.

Fishing Summary

The catchable stocked portion of West Canoe is stocked weekly April, May, June, September, October with 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout. West Canoe is not stocked in July and August because water temperatures are usually too warm for Rainbow Trout. The lower 1.75 mi portion of West Canoe Creek open to public fishing is not stocked, but contains wild Brown Trout. Please be aware that all of the stream is on private property and areas open to fishing are signed. Only angling is permitted on portions open to the public.(2017)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2016 - 1,900 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 1,850 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 1,746 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 2,070 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 1,960 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 1,860 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2010 - 1,495 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2009 - 1,827 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2008 - 1,528 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2007 - 96 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2007 - 2,232 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.

  • 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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