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ROAD TRIPPIN': Trout fishing in Allamakee County

According to a study conducted by Trout Unlimited, the trout fishing industry brings more than $1 billion to local economies in the Driftless Region. (CBS2//FOX28)

Iowa's Driftless Region is a recreational treasure in of Iowa. The deep valleys are filled with streams creeks and rivers that hide a surprising industry, trout fishing.

"Trout streams are all over Allamakee county and some of the best in the state, " said Ross Geerdes, a Naturalist with the Allamakee County Conservation Board. According to a study conducted by Trout Unlimited, the trout fishing industry brings more than $1 billion to local economies in the Driftless Region.

"There's not a day that goes by during the week that I don't talk to a person and that is up here because of trout fishing or is asking about trout fishing because they want to know more about it," said Geerdes.

We spent a little time fishing ourselves and even though conditions weren't ideal, we brought in a few rainbow trout. Some areas can be remote but if you're looking to toss a line there is plenty of accessible fishing for everyone.

"You've seen in Little Paint where you can walk right up to the stream and don't have to wade through weeds. It's a good place for people to get introduced to the sport," said Yellow River State Forest, State Park Ranger Ryan Retallick.

Even if you don't bring in a beauty, the scenic surroundings are their own reward.

"As close to wilderness as it gets in Iowa," said Geerdes.

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