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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
  • Camping
Brook Trout - Slow: Brook trout take more persuasion to bite in off-color water. Sneak up on brook trout for a better chance at catching one of these beauties. Good hatches of gnats, mayflies, caddis flies, and midges.
Brown Trout - Good: Fish near or around logs or undercut banks. Spinner baits work well. Also try using streamers on larger waterbodies for some exciting action. Brown trout like cloudy water.
Water flows slightly elevated at most locations. Stream clarity highly variable depending on where rain fell but most are clear. Use care when wading streams with elevated flows. All streams were stocked this week. Gnats and no-see-ums out in force. Wild parsnip is beginning to bloom. Do not touch this plant. It can cause painful blisters.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Use spinner baits, hair jigs, or hooks tipped with a small piece of worm, bread, or cheese floated through deeper holes.
Water flows slightly elevated at most locations. Stream clarity highly variable depending on where rain fell but most are clear. Use care when wading streams with elevated flows. All streams were stocked this week. Gnats and no-see-ums out in force. Wild parsnip is beginning to bloom. Do not touch this plant. It can cause painful blisters.
Brook Trout - Slow: Brook trout take more persuasion to bite in off-color water. Sneak up on brook trout for a better chance at catching one of these beauties. Good hatches of gnats, mayflies, caddis flies, and midges.
Brown Trout - Good: Fish near or around logs or undercut banks. Spinner baits work well. Also try using streamers on larger waterbodies for some exciting action. Brown trout like cloudy water.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Use spinner baits, hair jigs, or hooks tipped with a small piece of worm, bread, or cheese floated through deeper holes.

Coon Creek is stocked twice monthly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout. 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.(2022)

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

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    No known aquatic invasive species have been found
  • Annual 2022 - 2,630 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2021 - 2,405 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2020 - 2,418 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • 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)
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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