Stream Details

Trout Run

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Located on the south side of Decorah off Trout Run Road.
Stream Segment Length: 2.20

Amenities

Amenities at Trout Run include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Good: Brook Trout spawn is here. Similar to Brown's, Brook Trout build nests in the stream bottom. Good insect hatches occur on warm sunny afternoons. This is a good time to try nymphs, emerger, or topwater patterns.
Brown Trout - Good: Watch the stream bottom for cleared areas in gravel. These are trout nests or redds. Avoid stepping in them. Try using larger flies or lures mimicking minnows.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Fish near bottom if no hatches occurring. Use a weighted caddis, stonefly, or mayfly nymph.
To find out if trout are coming to a lake near you, visit our website for urban pond stocking. Iowa's trout season remains open all year long. Many catchables remain in the streams challenging even the best anglers. Fish a trout stream in winter for an experience to excite all your senses. Thank you to all who participated in this year's catchable stocked trout program. Looking forward to seeing you next April.

Fishing Summary

Trout Run is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. This fishery contains low numbers of stream-reared French Creek strain brown trout maintained through annual stocking of fingerling fish. The headwaters of the stream are adjacent to the Decorah Trout Hatchery. There is access to a multiuse trail system with easy angling access, modern restrooms and plenty of picnic areas. The hatchery is a great place to bring kids of all ages to feed the trout. Across the road from the hatchery on private property is the world famous Decorah eagle nest.(2012)

Stream Maps

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Catchable Trout Waters
Special Trout Fisheries

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2017 - 5,755 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 11,590 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 3,840 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 13,016 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 5,077 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 10,752 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 4,939 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 11,072 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 5,341 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 11,214 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 5,186 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 10,958 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 6,551 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 11,212 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/16/2011 - 3,688 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2010 - 3,961 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2010 - 9,190 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/21/2010 - 3,994 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2009 - 17,021 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/21/2009 - 4,000 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • annual 2008 - 4,877 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2008 - 9,414 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)

Regulations

The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Brook 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Shorthead redhorse
    • 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.
  • 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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