Iowa Winter Trout Fishing
| January 12, 2018

Welcome to Iowa Trout Country!

Plenty of opportunities await trout anglers in Iowa:

  • 50 catchable-stocked rainbow and brook trout fisheries on publicly-accessible streams
  • 9 special trout fisheries with restrictive regulations
  • 17 urban trout fisheries
  • Over 50 wild, self-sustaining trout fisheries throughout northeast Iowa

Schedule time during your next trip to northeast Iowa to visit one of Iowa's three trout hatcheries - Manchester, Decorah, or Big Springs. The grounds to each facility are open to the public year round from sunrise to sunset. Fisheries employees are available during office hours to answer all your trout fishing questions.

Plan your Iowa Trout Fishing Adventure

Get the most out of your trout fishing trip with information about each stream's location, qualities, and other fun facts on the trout streams webpage.

Check out the overview map of all trout streams in Northeast Iowa online, or email the DNR or call the DNR Phone Center at 515-725-820 to request a printed version. A mobile-friendly version of the trout map is also available.

Buy Your Fishing Licenses Online

Catchable Trout Streams

Find your favorite trout stream and when it will be stocked with the proposed stocking schedule. Call 563-927-5736 for current trout stream or urban stocking information.

Trout Information

+ Trout Regulations (Fees, Seasons, Limits, etc)

+ Can I fish here?

+ Iowa's Wild Trout

+ Improving Stream Fishing

+ Kids' Trout Fishing Ponds

Where To Go ...

Iowa Trout Streams
Trout Stream Map 


Trout Hatcheries

Big Spring Fish Hatchery
Decorah Fish Hatchery
Manchester Fish Hatchery

Cold-water Stream Fish

Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout 
Mottled Sculpin
Slimy Sculpin

How to ...

Fish for Trout
Clean and cook a fish

YouTube Videos:
Rod & Reel Cleaning
Spawning & Fertilization


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