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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

Trout streams are in good condition. Anglers may want avoid touching the wild parsnip (yellow lacey flower) found along many of our streams. It reacts with sunlight and may cause the skin to blister. Spin fishers using common garden hackle fished under a bobber will catch trout. Be looking for more frequent Tricorythodes and Ephoron (mayfly species) hatches through July. Also ants, beetles and grasshoppers will become more prevalent as summer progresses.
Brook Trout - Good: There are seven coldwater streams in Northeast Iowa that have consistent Brook trout natural reproduction.
Brown Trout - Good: Off color or slightly turbid water is a great time to catch brown trout. Try using a flashy spinner to antagonize finicky brown's.
Rainbow Trout - Good: A good quality trout stream will typically have trout, sculpins, and white suckers but outstanding insect diversity.

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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.