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Stream Details

Coldwater Creek

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Located 3 miles northwest of Bluffton off of Coldwater Creek Road.
Stream Segment Length: 4.00

Amenities

Amenities at Coldwater Creek include:
  • Trails
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
Water levels slightly elevated at most locations. Stream clarity highly variable depending on where rain fell. Use care when wading streams with elevated flows. All streams were stocked this week. Gnats and no-see-ums out in force.
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 - Fair: Use spinner baits, hair jigs, or hooks tipped with a small piece of worm, bread, or cheese floated through deeper holes.

Coldwater Creek is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout and also provides opportunities for wild Brown Trout. Sampling data for Coldwater from 2011 showed 1593 Brown Trout per mile with fish up to 19 inches present. This is an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Coldwater also has a population of Rainbow Trout with inconsistent natural reproduction. The spring source of Coldwater Creek is on public property and one of the most beautiful in Iowa. There are areas of easy streambank access. Primitive camping opportunities are available in the Coldwater Creek Wildlife Management Area.(2022)

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Catchable Trout Waters
Fingerling Stocked or Natural Reproduction
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    No known aquatic invasive species have been found
  • Annual 2022 - 8,793 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2021 - 9,410 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2020 - 9,144 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • summer 2019 - 628 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 9,404 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2018 - 7,691 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 2,280 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 8,385 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 1,000 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 8,010 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 1,315 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 6,452 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 1,394 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 5,914 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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