Stream Details

West Canoe Creek

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Located 5.5 miles north of Decorah off CR W34.
Stream Segment Length: 1.00


Amenities at West Canoe Creek include:

    District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

    Brook Trout - Good: Brook trout are fall spawners so watch for shallow cleared gravel depressions or nests called redds and walk around these areas. Spawning usually takes place in October and November with fry emerging from the streambed in March and April
    Brown Trout - Good: Brown trout are building nests or redds. Anglers can find fish guarding these areas. Please walk around these small cleared depressions in the stream bottom.
    Blue wing olive hatches are more prevalent in late afternoon to early evening now. Also look for sporadic midge hatches. For these hatches, try using #18 or 20 emergers or nymphs with a #22 or #24 drop hook gnarly midge. Anglers using nightcrawlers, crankbaits and spinnerbaits will catch fish.
    Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbow trout spawn in the spring, usually from March to May in riffles and gravel runs.

    Fishing Summary

    West Canoe is stocked weekly April, May, June, September, October with catchable 10-12 inch rainbow trout. West Canoe is not a coldwater stream and does not support trout populations most summers. Please be aware that all of the stream is on private property where only angling is permitted.(2012)

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    Popular Fish Species in this Stream

    Fish Stocking

    • annual 2013 - 2,070 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2012 - 1,960 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2011 - 1,860 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2010 - 1,495 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2009 - 1,827 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2008 - 1,528 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2007 - 96 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2007 - 2,232 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2006 - 180 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2006 - 1,740 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2005 - 114 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2005 - 1,746 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)


    The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

    • 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.