Big Springs Rearing Station

The one Brook Trout I caught, but a very big one. One of the many nice Rainbows- some I estimated at 16-18″.  All fish were released alive. Trip Report: August 18, 2018 Fishing the Turkey River at Big Springs for trout was an experience I was prepared to hate… wow, was I wrong!

Spring Branch 1-27-18

With temps of nearly 50 degrees in Iowa City, I decided to try out Spring Branch.  It was closer to freezing this far north (37 degrees) but still sunny and beautiful.  I flew my GoPro Karma over large stretches of the stream to document some of the better pools and runs.  Folks were catching lots…

Spring Branch Creek

Spring Branch is the most well-known (and possibly most-fished) trout stream in Iowa.  Its convenient location just outside Manchester, great access, and adjacent hatchery make it a favorite for serious fishermen as well as more casual anglers.  Families will enjoy feeding the giant hatchery trout with pellets available for purchase.  There is a nice screened…