Stream Details

Turkey River

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: Located 6 miles northwest of Elkader at Big Spring Hatchery.
Stream Segment Length: 1.00

Amenities

Amenities at Turkey River include:
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Carry Down Boat Launch

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.
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 community 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. A good trout stream does not freeze in the winter. Water temperature's stay between 40-45 degrees.

Fishing Summary

Turkey River is stocked twice a week April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. Improvements have been made to ensure easy access to the river. A small campground with non-electric sites is available close to the hatchery.(2012)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2017 - 890 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 5,080 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 785 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 7,665 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 1,657 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 8,714 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 1,555 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 6,480 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 771 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 6,090 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/04/2011 - 22,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/19/2010 - 19,300 Walleye (1.4")
  • annual 2009 - 10,959 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/27/2009 - 9,600 Walleye (1.6")
  • annual 2008 - 6,291 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2008 - 102,675 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/28/2008 - 8,950 Walleye (1.5")

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
  • 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
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 12-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:

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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