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Iowa Trout Fishing

All about fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout in Iowa lakes and streams.

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Trout fishing in Iowa

IA Trout Fishing Waters

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. Visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website for details regarding trout stocking in Iowa.

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Iowa Record Trout

The IA state record brook trout was caught in Fountain Springs Creek, the state record brown trout came from North Prairie Lake and French Creek boasts the Iowa state record rainbow trout.

Fishing for trout in Iowa

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

IA State Record: 19 lbs 8 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

IA State Record: 7 lbs 0 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

IA State Record: 15 lbs 6 oz

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Additional trout fishing information

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

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.

Cutthroat Trout Conservation

Trout Conservation

Trout fishing waters and information, 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.

Fishing boats and boat rentals

Best trout fishing in Iowa!