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DNR Fisheries AreasTrout Creek Fishery Area (Iowa County)

Trout CreekTrout Creek Fishery Area is the first named Fishery Area in Southwest Wisconsin along what was at that time considered to be the best class 1 brown trout fishery in this part of the State. It was originally designed with a meets and bounds description along the banks of the stream to provide fishing access and stream development rights. It was later given a greatly enlarged boundary that includes the uplands along the corridor.

Trout Creek is codified as an Exceptional Resource Waters (ERW). This is one of the most studied class 1 trout fisheries in the State. It also contains significant cultural resources.


Trout Creek Fishery Area is at the junction with Mill Creek (T 7N, R 4E, section 13) upstream to Birch Lake Dam (T 6N, R 5E, section 4).


Angling opportunities

Trout fishing from the shore.

Recreational Opportunities

The fishing easement areas are basically restricted to fishing and associated activities only; the fee title lands may be used as shown below:

  • Hunting
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing - trout fishing with special regulations
  • Bird watching
  • Pets
  • Berry picking


The Trout Creek Fishery Area is managed to provide for a high quality, scenic fishing opportunity on a class 1 brown trout fishery close to Madison.


For questions and comments contact:

Fisheries Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
1500 N Johns Street
Dodgeville WI 53533


Harry and Laura Nohr Chapter of Trout Unlimited [exit DNR]
Southern Wisconsin Chapter Trout Unlimited [exit DNR]

Last revised: Monday February 20 2017