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…

Grannis Creek

Grannis Creek is one of the “big name” trout streams in Iowa, so I was very excited to try it on my September 2017 Fayette County expedition.  I wouldn’t say in any way that it disappointed me, but I think I caught it at a bad time.

Ensign Hollow

  Ensign Hollow is one of Iowa’s special regulations streams, with artificial lures only, and a strict catch-and-release policy for fish under a certain size.  I enjoy these streams, as I usually assume there will be lots of fish there.  Ensign surprised me – this typical abundance did not seem to be the case here. …

Ram Hollow

Ram Hollow (aka the Little Turkey River) is one of my go-to streams.  It is located just outside the small town of Colesburg (check out JR Willie’s and order the “Willie Whopper” if you need a good lunch).  This stream has a great mix of stocked fish and holdover trout.  For quantity and size, it’s…

Twin Springs Park

Is this Heaven?  No, it’s… actually, let me check on that.  This stream must be the most beautiful of all in Iowa.  It really appears to be something from a fairy tale – crystal clear, cold water, cute bridges, hidden picnic tables, gorgeous trees growing streamside…. amazing. I came here twice on the last day…

Waterloo Creek

Trip Report:  The Rev T. and I were very excited to try this stream as a part of our fall 2016 trout trip to Decorah, as Waterloo Creek gets a lot of ink in the world of Iowa trout fishing.  First, it’s important to understand this is a long stream with many different accesses.  The…

Seed Savers

Trip Report #1:  I stopped in to Seed Savers not to trout fish, but to check out their collection of seeds and heirloom plants.  I have been buying their seeds for years in Iowa City stores.  Being in Decorah for Nordic Fest, it seemed like a great side trip.  I was very impressed by the…

North Bear Creek

My buddy T and I fished this stream after historic floods in the Decorah area.  I was worried about catching any fish on the weekend, but I had long had the nearby Fern Hollow Cabin (http://www.fernhollowcabin.com/) rented for the weekend, and decided we’d give it a go. North Bear was the #1 stream on my…

South Pine Creek

South Pine Creek is a mythical location for many Iowa trout fishermen.  I first became aware of the stream in the Hughes book, where he refuses to even map the stream because he does not want anglers to ruin it.  The wonderful book Oneota Flow contains an entire chapter on the history of the stream…

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…