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Stream Details

Trout Run

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Located on the south side of Decorah off Trout Run Road.
Stream Segment Length: 2.20

Amenities

Amenities at Trout Run include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
Brook Trout - Good: Excellent hatches of blue-winged olives, caddis flies, midges, and stoneflies. On sunny days, fish these hatches. Eleven streams have naturally reproducing populations with public access. Go to https://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing to find out where.
Brown Trout - Good: Off color water from rainfall events will spur a brownie bite. Fish weed edges, ledges, and heads of pools using pheasant tail nymphs with a small midge or scud dropper.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: With clear water, best fishing on cloudy days. Use light weight spinning rod and reels for some fun action. Use a small hook or light jig head with cheese, worms, or plastic tail.
Trout streams are low with excellent clarity. Catchable trout stream stocking in full swing. Streams are stocked each week but will be unannounced again this year due to COVID 19 precautions. No calendar will be available. Hatchery grounds are open. Please observe current social distancing and mask rules when visiting. Fourth season turkey hunting is open ending May 16. Remember to wear bright clothing when fishing.

Trout Run is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. This fishery contains low numbers of stream-reared French Creek strain brown trout maintained through annual stocking of fingerling fish. The headwaters of the stream are adjacent to the Decorah Trout Hatchery. There is access to a multiuse trail system with easy angling access, modern restrooms and plenty of picnic areas. The hatchery is a great place to bring kids of all ages to feed the trout. Across the road from the hatchery on private property is the world famous Decorah eagle nest.(2012)

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

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  • summer 2019 - 1,785 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 15,096 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • August 2018 - 510 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2018 - 13,890 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 5,755 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 11,590 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 3,840 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 13,016 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 5,077 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 10,752 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 4,939 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 11,072 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 5,341 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 11,214 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 5,186 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 10,958 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 6,551 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 11,212 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/16/2011 - 3,688 Brown Trout (2.0")
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
  • Shorthead redhorse
    • 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.
  • 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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