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Stream Details

Wapsi River Trout Section

General Information

County: Mitchell
Location: Located 0.5 mile west of McIntire.
Stream Segment Length: 2.50

Amenities

Amenities at Wapsi River Trout Section include:
  • Trails
Trout streams are low with improving 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.
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.

The Wapsi River is stocked weekly April, May, June, September and October with catchable 10-12 inch rainbow trout. This fishery contains low numbers of stream-reared French Creek strain brown trout maintained through annual stocking of fingerling fish.(2012)

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Catchable Trout Waters
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  • annual 2019 - 945 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2018 - 1,310 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 1,155 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 6/12/2017 - 8,500 Brown Trout (2")
  • annual 2016 - 2,045 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 2,227 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 2,063 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 1,995 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/28/2013 - 2,000 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • annual 2011 - 2,210 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/16/2011 - 2,220 Brown Trout (2.0")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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
  • 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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