Stream Details

Turkey River

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: Located 6 miles northwest of Elkader at Big Spring Hatchery.
Stream Segment Length: 1.00

Amenities

Amenities at Turkey River include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
Brook Trout - Fair: Fish the weed lines and head end of riffles for actively feeding fish. Terrestrial insects abundant.
Brown Trout - Good: Dirty water favors Brown Trout anglers. Increasing terrestrial insect numbers such as crickets, beetles, grasshoppers washing into streams creates a feeding frenzy for brownies.
Rainbow Trout - Good: A few streams get too warm for stocking Rainbow Trout during the heat of the summer, specifically July and August. This is an annual occurrence. Not to worry. Plenty of fish remain in the streams. Stocking the other streams continues as scheduled.
Wild parsnip beginning to dry out. Protect yourself from this plant by keeping arms and legs covered. This plants sap can cause serious blisters. Most area trout stream flows remain elevated. Clarity much improved. Use care when crossing or fishing in faster current.

Turkey River is stocked April through October with catchable 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout. Improvements have been made to ensure easy access to the river. A small campground with non-electric sites is available close to the hatchery.(2022)

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  • Annual 2021 - 6,479 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2020 - 5,729 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • annual 2019 - 2,262 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 4,287 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2018 - 2,305 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2018 - 2,670 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 890 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 5,080 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 785 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 7,665 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 1,657 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 8,714 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 1,555 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 6,480 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 771 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 6,090 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
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 12-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
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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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