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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:
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Good: When fishing private property open to angling, leave that property as was or better by picking up trash. Close gates if you opened them; be considerate.
Brown Trout - Good: More terrestrials are out. Use beetles or other bright flies fished along grassed edges. Afternoon hatches of caddis and may flies have been slow. Pheasant tailed nymphs and bead headed midges working well. Use hair jigs or spinners for aggressive fish.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Use a worm or cheese floated through a pool under a bobber. Use an ultra-light pole and reel for fun action. Small crappie or bluegill jigs work well on a hungry bow.
Wild parsnip is coming on strong. Please don't touch this plant. It causes painful blisters. All trout streams are being stocked but will be unannounced for the rest of the year due to COVID-19 precautions. Hatchery grounds are open to the public, but feeders and other conveniences are temporarily closed. Hatchery visitors must be mindful of one another’s safety and keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others.

Fishing Summary

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.(2017)

Stream Maps

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • 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)
  • annual 2011 - 1,860 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2010 - 1,495 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)

Regulations

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

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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