Stream Details

Falcon Spring

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Take Pole Line Road about 6 miles west from Decorah to the Falcon Spring Wildlife Management Area. Visitors must hike approximately 1.25 miles to reach the spring run.
Stream Segment Length: 0.20

Amenities

Amenities at Falcon Spring include:
  • Trails
Brook Trout - Good: Numerous insect hatches on sunny afternoons. Use midge, caddis, mayfly, or scud patterns for hungry brookies.
Brown Trout - Excellent: Rain water flowing into streams bringing a fresh supply of foods for curious brownies. Fish near or around structure. Spinner or crank baits work well for this. Midge and gnat hatches remain strong.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Freshly stocked Rainbow Trout are waiting for anglers. Use small spinner baits, hair jigs, or hooks tipped with a worm or minnow floating past structure or around large rocks.
Stocking calendars are available on the DNR's website. Streams in decent condition even with recent rain. As overland water reaches streams, clarity will decline. Streams with better watersheds will clear faster.

Falcon Springs has been stocked with both fingerling domestic Brook and Brown Trout and South Pine strain brookies and French Creek strain brownies. Neither have been stocked since 2008. Please be aware that segments of the stream are on private property where only angling is permitted. An artificial lure only rule and Brook Trout must be released immediately on this stream applies.(2021)


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

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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
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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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