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Stream Details

Dutton Springs Creek

General Information

County: Fayette
Location: Located 3 miles northeast of West Union in Dutton's Cave Park.
Stream Segment Length: 0.27


Amenities at Dutton Springs Creek include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Good: When fishing private property open to angling, leave that property as was or better by picking up trash. Close gates if you opened them; be considerate.
Brown Trout - Good: More terrestrials are out. Use beetles or other bright flies fished along grassed edges. Afternoon hatches of caddis and may flies have been slow. Pheasant tailed nymphs and bead headed midges working well. Use hair jigs or spinners for aggressive fish.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Use a worm or cheese floated through a pool under a bobber. Use an ultra-light pole and reel for fun action. Small crappie or bluegill jigs work well on a hungry bow.
Wild parsnip is coming on strong. Please don't touch this plant. It causes painful blisters. All trout streams are being stocked but will be unannounced for the rest of the year due to COVID-19 precautions. Hatchery grounds are open to the public, but feeders and other conveniences are temporarily closed. Hatchery visitors must be mindful of one another’s safety and keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others.

Fishing Summary

Fingerling South Pine strain brook trout were stocked from 2000 through 2002, 2005 and again in 2010 with only spotty natural reproduction. The springhead of this stream starts in Dutton's Cave Park, a county owned park. Bank access in the park is easy. Landowner permission is required on private property. No map is available for this stream.(2012)

Stream Maps

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

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • 5/24/2017 - 300 Brook Trout (3")
  • 05/24/2013 - 500 Brook Trout (4.0")
  • 05/25/2010 - 500 Brook Trout (2.5")


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

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.