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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

Brook Trout - Fair: Brookies are coloring up in preparation for the spawn. Walk around freshly cleared areas in stream bottom. These are trout nests or redds. Use small flies imitating midges, minnows, or mayflies. Please respect private property open to angling. Pick up trash. Be considerate.
All trout stream stockings unannounced for the rest of the year due to COVID-19 precautions. Streams stocked with catchables through October. It is hunting season in Iowa. Wear orange. Decorah Fish Hatchery restrooms are closed to the public for the remainder of the year.
Brown Trout - Fair: Trout nests nests or redds are appearing on stream bottoms as spawning activity ramps up. Avoid stepping on these areas. Brownies may be slow to take bait. A keen eye and a fly box filled with a variety of sizes and colors will help match a hatch.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Use flies imitating midges, crickets, mayflies. The smaller the better. Use hair jigs, spinner baits, small shallow water crankbaits for aggressive fish. Plenty of fish remain in stream over winter.

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

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    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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