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Stream Details

Trout Run (Winneshiek)

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 (Winneshiek) include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
Water levels currently elevated at most locations and muddy. Streams with better water quality should clear by the weekend. Use care when wading streams with elevated flows.
Brook Trout - Slow: Wait for water to clear for better chance at catching one of these beauties. Good hatches of gnats, mayflies, caddis flies, and midges.
Brown Trout - Fair: Fish near or around logs or undercut banks. Spinner baits work well. Also try using streamers on larger waterbodies for some exciting action. Brown trout like cloudy water.
Rainbow Trout - Fair: Use spinner baits, hair jigs, or hooks tipped with a small piece of worm, bread, or cheese floated through deeper holes.

Trout Run is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout. This fishery contains low numbers of stream-reared French Creek strain Brown Trout. 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.(2022)

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Catchable Trout Waters
Fingerling Stocked or Natural Reproduction
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    No known aquatic invasive species have been found
  • Annual 2022 - 16,465 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2021 - 15,300 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2020 - 15,635 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • summer 2019 - 1,785 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 15,096 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • August 2018 - 510 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2018 - 13,890 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 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)
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
  • 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.
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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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