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

Amenities at Maquoketa River (trout portion) include:
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
Brook Trout - Good: Numerous insect hatches on sunny afternoons. Use midge, caddis, mayfly, or scud patterns for hungry brookies.
Brown Trout - Excellent: It's a great time to fish for a brown trout when water is off color water. Fish near or around structure. Spinner or crank baits work well for this. Midge, gnat, and caddis fly 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. Some streams remain off color. Flows are up. Use care when crossing or fishing in faster current.

The Maquoketa River receives stockings of catchable rainbow trout from April-October. The river corridor is a combination of state land, trout stream easements open to public fishing and private land. Please obey signage as posted and respect private property rights.(2022)

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  • Annual 2021 - 4,823 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • 05/11/2021 - 14,972 Brown Trout (1.9)
  • Annual 2020 - 4,510 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • 05/14/2020 - 21,407 Brown Trout (2)
  • annual 2019 - 1,786 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 3,045 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • 05/16/2019 - 23,400 Brown Trout (1.8)
  • 01/03/2019 - 7,000 Rainbow Trout (6)
  • spring 2018 - 61,146 Brown Trout (2)
  • annual 2018 - 1,097 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2018 - 3,667 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 1,006 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 32,848 Brown Trout (2")
  • annual 2017 - 3,562 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 898 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 3,885 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 5/27/16 - 15,000 Brown Trout (2")
  • annual 2015 - 910 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 17,600 Brown Trout (3")
  • annual 2015 - 3,950 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 750 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 2,945 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 06/03/2014 - 10,000 Brown Trout (2")
  • annual 2013 - 900 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 2,600 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/15/2013 - 15,000 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2012 - 600 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 3,435 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/18/2012 - 17,019 Brown Trout (2.1")
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: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Rainbow 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: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
  • 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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