Discovery Park (Muscatine)

Discovery Park North Pond Discovery Park is a lovely park on the southwest side of Muscatine, just off the highway 61 beltway. It features an arboretum, miles of walking trails, historical buildings, a nature center, some rescued raptors, and two fishing ponds. The north pond (the larger of the two, directly near the entrance off…

Big Paint and Little Paint Creeks, Yellow River State Forest

A 360 degree video of wading part of Little Paint Creek – grab your Google Cardboard and enjoy! November 24, 2018 As part of my 2018 Troutapalooza, I was really excited about fishing in Yellow River State Forest.  In 2005, I fished here briefly, and caught what was then the biggest trout of my life-…

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!

Brush Creek – Jackson County

Brush Creek is a stream that I enjoyed fishing as a high-schooler out of Davenport.  It is one of the closest streams to the Quad Cities, along with the Mills.  Because it is out in the country a ways, it used to get a lot less fishing traffic.  Over the past 20 years, that seemed…

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…