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Welcome to Iowa Trout Country!

Plenty of opportunities await trout anglers in Iowa:

Plan your Iowa Trout Fishing Adventure

Get the most out of your trout fishing trip with information about each stream's location, qualities, and other fun facts on the trout streams webpage.

Check out the overview map of all trout streams in Northeast Iowa online, or email the DNR or call the DNR Phone Center at 515-725-8200 to request a printed version. A mobile-friendly version of the trout map is also available.

Schedule time during your next trip to northeast Iowa to visit one of Iowa's three trout hatcheries - Manchester, Decorah, or Big Spring. The grounds to each facility are open to the public year round from sunrise to sunset. All DNR offices, including fish hatcheries, are closed to the public until further notice due to COVID-19 precautions.

2016 Trout Angler Survey [PDF]

Catchable Trout Streams

Find your favorite trout stream and when it will be stocked with the Trout Stream Stocking Calendar. Call 563-927-5736 for current trout stream or community fishing lakes stocking information.

The Iowa DNR stocks 300,000 to 400,000 trout in 50 streams each week from April through October. More than 600 extra brood trout, weighing over 2 pounds each, are also released in small numbers into each stream.

The catchable stocking program uses rainbow trout. The number of trout stocked into each area varies, depending on length of the stream and how many anglers use the area. These criteria also determine how often each area is stocked.

Surveys show there are still good numbers of trout several days after the most recent stocking and throughout the winter. Along with the stocked trout, many areas have good to excellent numbers of wild brown trout that challenge even the best anglers. Brown trout up to 20 inches are possible. 

 

 

Trout Information
+ Trout Regulations (License, Seasons, Limits)
+ Where can I fish for trout?
+ Community Trout Stockings and Family Events
+ Iowa's Wild Trout
+ Improving Trout Stream Fishing
+ Kids' Trout Fishing Ponds
girl holding a trout caught at the kids trout fishing pond at the Bellevue Station

Where To Go ...

All trout stream stockings will be unannounced due to COVID-19 precautions. Trout stocking frequency, streams stocked with catchable trout and number of trout stocked each week remains the same as 2019.

Trout Hatcheries
Big Spring Fish Hatchery
Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery
Manchester Fish Hatchery


All DNR offices, including fish hatcheries, are closed to the public until further notice due to COVID-19 precautions.

Community Trout and Trout Streams Stockings