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:

    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

    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)

    Stream Maps

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    Catchable Trout Waters
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    Popular Fish Species in this Stream

    Fish Stocking

    • 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)
    • annual 2010 - 2,779 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2010 - 2,671 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2009 - 6,995 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2008 - 3,270 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
    • annual 2008 - 2,645 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
    • 05/13/2008 - 709 Brown Trout (4.0")

    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

    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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