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Iowa Trout Fishing

  • LenH
    Participant
    Wisconsin
    Posts: 2385
    #1296327

    Wisconsin closes its small stream season on September 30th each year.

    By the end of October I am going stir crazy and need a trout fix.

    My buddy Ducky from Iowa invited me there a couple years back.

    We did well on the stocker bows and Ducky did manage a nice brown in the

    catch and release only area south of Dorchester.


    Ducky “Rich” from iowa caught this on a white marabou jig.

    The holes were full of big trout but they were quite educated and it basically took throwing something they
    had not seen before. Ducky’s white jig did the trick.

    Just north of Dorchester the stream alternate between private and public and all are put and take.

    On the first couple trips over there all I had ever caught were small bled out looking bows. I use

    to catch a couple smallish browns to keep me interested.

    I decided an early morning assault was in order so I was on the stream at first light. I still caught the same

    bled out bows.

    I was just about to leave and change areas and threw along a corner right where we had parked our vehicle.

    There are huge rocks in the water there and it is not terribly deep.

    It played out almost in slow motion. I ran my panther martin size 9 slowly so it could invoke a hit from

    anything hiding under the rocks. I was not expecting what happened. It freight trained out from under the rock and

    slammed my panther. I saw the mouth open wide. The white area I could see was huge. It was surreal because it

    happened so quickly…..but I saw it like it was in slow motion. The big male brown engulfed the spinner and turned

    in one motion. I saw blood immediately. It was flowing from its gills.

    My friend Rick “from wisconsin” and I talked after he netted it for me. I have never seen such a big brown in Iowa. We both decided

    it was either a dropped off brooder or a big brown with the spawning itch that came up from the Iowa River.

    There was no question whether I was keeping it or not. It was almost dead upon the netting.

    I took it home and froze whole and went to the taxidermist’s the next morning. He skinned my “””26″”” small stream

    Iowa male brown later that night and gave me the orange colored meat to eat on the grill.

    It graces my wall of my living room.

    Ron Johnsen
    Participant
    Platteville wi
    Posts: 2969
    #985680

    Nice fish & pics

    phoyem
    Participant
    Minneapolis
    Posts: 303
    #985691

    Nice fish! There are a few streams in NE Iowa that in my mind would rival anything in Wis for 15-20 in browns with the chance of something bigger too. Just have to go off the beaten path and away from DNR’s listed trout streams sometimes.

    troutbum
    Participant
    St. Paul
    Posts: 179
    #985776

    What a shame.
    You could have caught that on a streamer.

    LenH
    Participant
    Wisconsin
    Posts: 2385
    #985781

    Quote:


    What a shame.
    You could have caught that on a streamer.


    could have died the exact same way on a streamer. I have done it.

    troutbum
    Participant
    St. Paul
    Posts: 179
    #985797

    Really?
    How many trout do you think have died due to the hook on your fly?

    LenH
    Participant
    Wisconsin
    Posts: 2385
    #985808

    numerous…

    from mine and others.

    Might have kept it anyway…

    was by far my biggest Iowa trout.

    It spread its seed in the stream for 4-6 years minimum

    and looking at the mouth and teeth of that monster it was

    a carnivore and ate numerous of its kind.

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