Guide To Great Trout Fishing Locations In Iowa
All about fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout in area lakes and streams.
None of the major lakes in Iowa harbor a population of trout. Urban lakes which are stocked with trout include Ada Hayden, Banner Lake (South), Big Lake, Discovery Park, Heritage Pond, Lake of the Hills, Moorland Pond, North Prairie, Ottumwa Park Pond, Petoka, Prairie Park, Sand Lake, Scharnberg Pond and Wilson Lake.
Trout Species In The State
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 19.50 lbs
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 7.0 lbs
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 15.38 lbs
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Select the best trout lures and baits
Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.
Iowa State Record Trout
The state record rainbow trout was caught from French Creek.
The state record brook trout was taken out of Fountain Springs Creek.
The state record brown trout came from North Prairie Lake.
Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.
Additional trout information
The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts. Visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website for details regarding trout stocking in Iowa.
Trout locations and info, by state.
The habits of trout.
Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Iowa waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.