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Stream Details

North Canoe Creek

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Stream located about 7.5 miles north of Decorah. Take Locust Road 5.6 miles north and turn west onto Canoe Valley Road for 1.3 miles.
Stream Segment Length: 0.60

Amenities

Amenities at North Canoe Creek include:
    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.

    Due to increased number of streams with wild Brown Trout populations and South Pine Brook Trout renovation efforts, Brown Trout are not stocked in this watershed. This stream has a long history of domestic Brown Trout fingerling stockings (1976 thru 2003). In 2004, switched to French Creek strain and continued until 2016. The lower 0.6 miles of stream is open to public fishing, however, the rest of the stream is on private property and requires landowner permission to access. Since most of the stream is not open to public fishing, only the lower open portion is shown on the map. If anglers wish to fish outside the 0.6 mile open fishing portion, they must receive landowner permission.(2021)


    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
    • 6/6/16 - 8,400 Brown Trout (4")
    • 05/11/2015 - 8,000 Brown Trout (4")
    • 06/02/2014 - 5,360 Brown Trout (2")
    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
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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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