Stream Details

Yellow River

General Information

County: Allamakee
Location: T96N, R6W, S3 to T96N, R4W, S24
Stream Segment Length: 25.00

Amenities

Amenities at Yellow River include:
  • Carry Down Boat Launch

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Fair: Use scuds or stonefly imitations for fish not rising to the surface.
Brown Trout - Fair: A great time to fish for Brown Trout is when water turns off color from rainfall events. Try caddis fly and midge larvae imitations hatching off the water. Also, nice hatches of blue wing olives and dark hendricksons are occurring on warmer sunny afternoons.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Fish rainbow trout in the head end of riffles. Try slowly pulling a black bead head fly with a light colored scud or midge dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water.
The road to Decorah Fish Hatchery will be under construction through June. Rainfall amount through the weekend will determine how muddy streams get. Call 563-927-5736 for current stocking locations. Use jigs tipped with twistertails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler to catch a freshly stocked fish.

Fishing Summary

Fingerling brown and rainbow trout are stocked annually. Fishing the Yellow River by canoe or kayak is the only legal means to trout fish without landowner permission. Public access and a picnic area is available at the Volney Canoe Access. Due to private ownership of this stream, no map is available.(2012)

Stream Maps


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Special Trout Fisheries

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • 05/22/2015 - 50,000 Rainbow Trout (4")
  • 06/13/2014 - 50,000 Rainbow Trout (2")
  • 06/11/2014 - 33,000 Brown Trout (2")
  • 06/11/2013 - 44,555 Rainbow Trout (4.0")
  • 05/06/2013 - 50,000 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • 05/09/2012 - 48,000 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • 05/09/2012 - 50,000 Rainbow Trout (2.2")
  • 05/24/2011 - 50,000 Rainbow Trout (2.2")
  • 05/23/2011 - 47,684 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • 05/26/2010 - 50,000 Rainbow Trout (2.4")
  • 05/19/2009 - 50,000 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • 05/19/2009 - 50,000 Rainbow Trout (4.0")
  • 05/15/2008 - 50,000 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • 05/07/2008 - 50,000 Rainbow Trout (4.0")
  • 05/30/2007 - 50,000 Rainbow Trout (2.8")
  • 05/10/2007 - 50,000 Brown Trout (2.0")

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
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 12-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • 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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