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Stream Details

Waterloo Creek

General Information

County: Allamakee
Location: Streams runs through Dorchester along Waterloo Creek Drive and Highway 76.
Stream Segment Length: 10.50

Amenities

Amenities at Waterloo Creek include:
  • 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.

Portions of Waterloo Creek above Dorchester are stocked weekly April trhough October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. Wild brown trout populations are present throughout this stream. Waterloo Creek below Highway 76 is posted as a catch and release area and artificial lure only rule applies. Sampling data from 2010 showed 685 brown trout per mile with fish up to 23 inches. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Stream access is easy with many angler access points on both public and private land. Primitive camping is available on the Waterloo Creek Wildlife Management Area.(2012)

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Fingerling Stocked or Natural Reproduction
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  • summer 2019 - 1,160 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 8,993 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • summer 2018 - 1,169 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2018 - 7,941 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 2,267 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 7,947 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 1,129 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 9,086 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 1,603 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 8,800 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 1,917 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 7,835 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 2,041 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 8,294 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 1,273 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 9,390 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 407 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 9,696 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: Catch and release only. Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.
  • 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: Catch and release only. Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.
  • 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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