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Stream Details

Trout River

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Located 5 miles southeast of Decorah off of 133rd Avenue.
Stream Segment Length: 5.00

Amenities

Amenities at Trout River include:
    Brook Trout - Good: Excellent hatches of blue-winged olives, caddis flies, midges, and stoneflies. On sunny days, fish these hatches. Eleven streams have naturally reproducing populations with public access. Go to https://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing to find out where.
    Brown Trout - Good: Off color water from rainfall events will spur a brownie bite. Fish weed edges, ledges, and heads of pools using pheasant tail nymphs with a small midge or scud dropper.
    Rainbow Trout - Excellent: With clear water, best fishing on cloudy days. Use light weight spinning rod and reels for some fun action. Use a small hook or light jig head with cheese, worms, or plastic tail.
    Trout streams are low with excellent clarity. Catchable trout stream stocking in full swing. Streams are stocked each week but will be unannounced again this year due to COVID 19 precautions. No calendar will be available. Hatchery grounds are open. Please observe current social distancing and mask rules when visiting. Fourth season turkey hunting is open ending May 16. Remember to wear bright clothing when fishing.

    Trout River is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. It contains a self-sustaining brown trout population. Sampling data from 2009 showed 224 brown trout per mile with fish up to 15 inches. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Primitive camping is available at the state owned Trout River Wildlife Management Area.(2012)

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    Catchable Trout Waters
    Fingerling Stocked or Natural Reproduction
    Restrictive Regulation Stream

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    • August 2019 - 561 Brook Trout (10.8)
    • annual 2019 - 6,074 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
    • August 2018 - 115 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2018 - 5,500 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2017 - 4,694 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2017 - 1,629 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2016 - 3,015 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2016 - 3,712 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2015 - 3,565 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2015 - 3,927 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2014 - 4,086 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2014 - 2,320 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2013 - 3,565 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2013 - 2,969 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2012 - 3,875 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2012 - 3,470 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2011 - 4,697 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2011 - 2,096 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
    Tip: Click the arrow in the lower right corner to view the Fish Survey Data tool in full-screen mode.

    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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