Stream Details

West Canoe Creek

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: About 5.5 miles north of Decorah off CR W34, 320th Street, and Fox Hollow Road.
Stream Segment Length: 3.00

Amenities

Amenities at West Canoe Creek include:
  • Trails
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
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.

The catchable stocked portion of West Canoe is stocked weekly April, May, June, September, October with 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout. West Canoe is not stocked in July and August because water temperatures are usually too warm for Rainbow Trout. The lower 1.75 mi portion of West Canoe Creek open to public fishing is not stocked, but contains wild Brown Trout. Please be aware that all of the stream is on private property and areas open to fishing are signed. Only angling is permitted on portions open to the public.(2022)

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Catchable Trout Waters
Fingerling Stocked or Natural Reproduction
Restrictive Regulation Stream

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  • Annual 2021 - 1,665 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2020 - 1,665 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • annual 2019 - 1,950 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2018 - 1,717 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 2,035 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 1,900 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 1,850 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 1,746 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 2,070 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 1,960 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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