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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

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

All streams are being stocked. Until further notice, all stream stockings will be unannounced due to the COVID-19 virus. Use this time to get some fresh air and explore a new stream. Hatchery grounds are open to the public but feeders and other conveniences are temporarily closed for prevention precautions. Hatchery visitors give workers space and observe distancing rules.
Brook Trout - Good: Excellent midge hatches occurring. Use flies imitating hatch and size for best luck.
Brown Trout - Good: Off-color water turns on brown trout. Use hair jigs or spinners for aggressive fish.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Stocked fish and hold-overs biting well. Use a worm or cheese floated through a pool under a bobber. Use an ultra light pole and reel for some fun action.

Fishing Summary

Hewett Creek (aka Ensign Hollow) supports a moderate density brown trout population that appears capable of sustaining itself through natural reproduction. Formerly stocked, but beginning in 2011 stocking has been suspended. Primitive camping is allowed on this area.(2012)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

    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: 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.

    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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