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Stream Details

Trout River

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Located 5 miles southeast of Decorah off of 133rd Avenue.
Stream Segment Length: 5.00

Amenities

Amenities at Trout River include:
  • Trails
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
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.
Flows elevated at most locations. Use care when wading streams with elevated flows. Stream clarity highly variable depending on watershed. Most should clear by weekend. All streams were stocked this week. Gnats and no-see-ums out in force. Wild parsnip is blooming. Do not touch this plant. It can cause painful blisters.
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 - Good: Use spinner baits, hair jigs, or hooks tipped with a small piece of worm, bread, or cheese floated through deeper holes.

Trout River is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout. It contains a self-sustaining Brown Trout population. Sampling data from 2009 showed 224 Brown Trout per mile with fish up to 15 inches. This is an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Primitive camping is available at the state owned Trout River Wildlife Management Area.(2022)


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
  • Annual 2022 - 6,300 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2021 - 6,975 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2020 - 6,760 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • August 2019 - 561 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 6,074 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • August 2018 - 115 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2018 - 5,500 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 4,694 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 1,629 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 3,015 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 3,712 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 3,565 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 3,927 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 4,086 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 2,320 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
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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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