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Stream Details

Maquoketa River (trout portion)

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: The Upper Maquoketa River from Joy Springs downstream to Backbone Lake contains trout year-round. The area 3 miles southwest of Strawberry Point off 400th is stocked with catchable fish.
Stream Segment Length: 8.00


Amenities at Maquoketa River (trout portion) include:
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Good: Anglers catching a 15 inch or bigger brookie are eligible for an Iowa Master Angler Certificate. For more information, please visit
Brown Trout - Good: By grabbing a handful of the aquatic vegetation and shaking it in your hand, you will find a plethora of aquatic sow bugs and scuds. Use flies to mimic these critters.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Bigalk, Coldwater and Trout River are the only streams in Northeast Iowa that have inconsistent natural reproduction of rainbow trout.
Trout will be looking for high energy critters such as small minnows at this time of year. Try using #10, 12, or 14 streamers particularly white wholly buggers, light spruce, or feather wings. Sporadic hatches of midges and blue wing olives may occur on a warm sunny day. Try a #18, 20, 22 gnarly midge for nymphing. Small spinnerbaits and hair jigs are also effective on trout.

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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.