Stream Details

Hewett and Ensign Creeks (Ensign Hollow)

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: Located on Ensign Hollow Wildlife Management Area about 5 miles north of Strawberry Point. Access is provided on the north side of 322nd street.
Stream Segment Length: 1.30

Amenities

Amenities at Hewett and Ensign Creeks (Ensign Hollow) include:
  • Camping
Brook Trout - Good: Numerous insect hatches on sunny afternoons. Use midge, caddis, mayfly, or scud patterns for hungry brookies.
Brown Trout - Excellent: Rain water flowing into streams bringing a fresh supply of foods for curious brownies. Fish near or around structure. Spinner or crank baits work well for this. Midge and gnat hatches remain strong.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Freshly stocked Rainbow Trout are waiting for anglers. Use small spinner baits, hair jigs, or hooks tipped with a worm or minnow floating past structure or around large rocks.
Stocking calendars are available on the DNR's website. Streams in decent condition even with recent rain. As overland water reaches streams, clarity will decline. Streams with better watersheds will clear faster.

Hewett Creek (aka Ensign Hollow) supports a high density brown trout population that is self sustaining through natural reproduction. Formerly stocked, but beginning in 2011 stocking has been suspended. This is a special regulation stream and primitive camping is allowed on this area.(2022)

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Parking Access
Catchable Trout Waters
Fingerling Stocked or Natural Reproduction
Restrictive Regulation Stream

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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: Catch and release only. Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.
  • 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.
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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.

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