Ozark Springs

I had a chance to fish Ozark Springs on March 12, 2018. It is private land, but it reminded me of some of Iowa’s most beautiful parks and preserves – Dunning Springs, Mossey Glen, and Maquoketa Caves to name a few.  The landowners told me that Ozark is the third-largest spring in Iowa.  I tried…

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. …

A Snowy Day at Little Mill, 2-11-18

  I was in the Bellevue area for business, so I had to hit at least one trout stream, even though there was a solid foot of snow on the ground. I was rewarded with some fine fishing action, beautiful views, and a sunny day that got warmer as time went on. Navigating up and…

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…

White Pine Hollow

When I was in college, Professor Holstein used to talk reverently about “places [in the Bible] that don’t appear on any map.”  These were fantastic, beautiful, amazing places that were perhaps too special to be real. I think White Pine Hollow might be one of those places. You can find ample information online about the algific…

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…

Mossey Glen

 Mossey Glen is northwest of Edgewood at the end of Eagle Road. After about 2 miles of gravel, you come to a farm on the right, and a Level B Minimum Maintenance sign. The road continues on as dirt through the farmer’s cornfield. I was able to go 1/4-1/2 mile before a deadfall blocked the…

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…

Spring Branch Pics, May 30, 2017

The fishing was good at Spring Branch on May 30. Water was low and clear. I arrived late afternoon and fished for about three hours. Caught a very nice brown and brook, hooked or missed several others.