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Stream Details

Coon Creek

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Located in Coon Creek Wildlife Management Area, 7 miles northeast of Decorah.
Stream Segment Length: 2.60

Amenities

Amenities at Coon Creek include:
  • Trails
Trout streams are low with improving 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.
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.

Coon Creek is stocked twice monthly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout and is unannounced. This fishery contains stream-reared French Creek strain Brown Trout. Sampling from 2018 showed 736 Brown Trout per mile ranging in size from 3 to 13 inches. Coon Creek is located in a remote valley with one parking area close to stream. Primitive camping opportunities are available in the Coon Creek Wildlife Management Area.(2021)

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Parking Access
Catchable Trout Waters
Fingerling Stocked or Natural Reproduction
Restrictive Regulation Stream

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  • summer 2019 - 92 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 2,838 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2018 - 2,780 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 594 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 1,997 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 170 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 2,773 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 170 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 2,235 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 388 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 2,077 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 2,590 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/22/2013 - 2,725 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • annual 2012 - 2,660 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/08/2012 - 4,000 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • annual 2011 - 2,600 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/16/2011 - 3,688 Brown Trout (2.0")
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
  • 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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