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Stream Details

Waterloo Creek

General Information

County: Allamakee
Location: Streams runs through Dorchester along Waterloo Creek Drive and Highway 76.
Stream Segment Length: 10.50

Amenities

Amenities at Waterloo Creek include:
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

All streams are being stocked. Until further notice, all stream stockings will be unannounced due to the COVID-19 virus. Use this time to get some fresh air and explore a new stream. Hatchery grounds are open to the public but feeders and other conveniences are temporarily closed for prevention precautions. Hatchery visitors give workers space and observe distancing rules.
Brook Trout - Good: Excellent midge hatches occurring. Use flies imitating hatch and size for best luck.
Brown Trout - Good: Off-color water turns on brown trout. Use hair jigs or spinners for aggressive fish.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Stocked fish and hold-overs biting well. Use a worm or cheese floated through a pool under a bobber. Use an ultra light pole and reel for some fun action.

Fishing Summary

Portions of Waterloo Creek above Dorchester are stocked weekly April trhough October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. Wild brown trout populations are present throughout this stream. Waterloo Creek below Highway 76 is posted as a catch and release area and artificial lure only rule applies. Sampling data from 2010 showed 685 brown trout per mile with fish up to 23 inches. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Stream access is easy with many angler access points on both public and private land. Primitive camping is available on the Waterloo Creek Wildlife Management Area.(2012)

Stream Maps

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Fingerling Stocked or Natural Reproduction
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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • summer 2019 - 1,160 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 8,993 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • summer 2018 - 1,169 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2018 - 7,941 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 2,267 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 7,947 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 1,129 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 9,086 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 1,603 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 8,800 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 1,917 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 7,835 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 2,041 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 8,294 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 1,273 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 9,390 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 407 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 9,696 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2010 - 319 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2010 - 8,234 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: Catch and release only. Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.
  • 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: Catch and release only. Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.
  • 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: Catch and release only. Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.
  • 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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