Fishing and Hunting
Iowa, and specifically the northeast portion, contain what is said to be the best trout fishing in the Midwest. Likewise, the hunting opportunities for a vast array of game animals are at the fingertips of students, but many don’t bother to discover what those opportunities entail.
The big bucks people dream of are abound in northeast Iowa for those who spend the time to notice them. Pheasant hunting isn’t as big in this part of the state, but rest assured, roosters live in the hills of the region!
Public Hunting Areas
Areas in Winneshiek County as listed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Gun storage is available at the Decorah Police Station; call the station for more information. (563-382-3667)
|Bluffton Fir Stand (602k)||D,S,G,T||131A; timber, Upper Iowa River||Adjacent to Bluffton.|
|Canoe Creek (927k)||D,S,T,G||372A; timber, Canoe Creek/||9 mi. NE of Decorah on A6W,|
|Upper Iowa River (586k)||1.5 mi. ENE on gravel rd.|
|Cardinal Marsh (702k)||D,S,W,G||1,165A; 1/2 timber, 1/4 upland, 1/4 marsh||1 mi. NW of Ridgeway on Hwy. 9,|
|3.5 mi. W on Madison Rd.|
|Coldwater Creek (741k)||D,S,T,G||232A; 3/4 timber, 1/4 upland||.5 mi. N of Bluffton on Bluffton Hill Rd.,|
|2.1 mi. NW on Buffton Rd.,|
|1 mi. W on Coldwater Rd.|
|Coon Creek (763k)||D,T,G,S||950A; 3/4 timber, 1/4 upland||4.3 mi. NE Freeport on River Rd.,|
|.2 mi. E on 143rd Ave.,|
|1.3 mi. NE on Coon Creek Rd.|
|Falcon Springs (632k)||D,S,T,G||263A; 3/4 timber, 1/4 upland||2 mi. N of Jct. Hwy. 9 & 52,|
|4.7 mi.NW on Pole Line Rd.|
|Malanaphy Springs||S,D,T||64A; timber, Upper Iowa River;||2 mi. N of Jct. Hwy. 9 & 52,|
|2.2 mi. NW on Pole Line Rd.,|
|.7 mi. NW on Bluffton Rd.|
|North Bear Complex (797k)||D,S,T,G||571A; 3/4 timber, 1/4 upland;||3.1 mi. E of Highlandville on Quandahl Rd.|
|South Bear Complex||D,S,T,G||845A; 3/4 timber, 1/4 upland||W edge of Highlandville.|
|South Pine Creek||D,S||181A; 3/4 timber, 1/4 upland;||4.0 mi. S of Highlandville.|
|Trout River (637k)||D,S,T||170A; 1/2 timber, 1/2 upland||6.5 mi. E of Decorah on Hwy. 9,|
|1.7 mi. N on 133rd Ave.|
|Upper Iowa Accesses (827k)||D,T,G,S||4,023A; Upper Iowa R., adj. uplands||Several accesses along A6W W of Decorah|
FishDecorah.com is the website of a local fisherman who gives weekly fishing reports on the rivers and streams around Decorah. This includes: rentals, lodging information, river information, weather reports, hot baits and the streams that are producing a good bite.
Decorah is well-known for the excellent trout fishing opportunities that exist on the outskirts of the town. Almost all of the streams contain reproducing trout and most are stocked with trout every few weeks. Find out more about the 11 trout streams that exist around Winneshiek County along with other specific information about the stream or river by visiting the Iowa DNR Trout Stream website.
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