Getting Started with TroutRoutes

Last Updated: February 2022

Welcome to TroutRoutes, the #1 Trout Fishing App!

Our mission is to help anglers discover and explore trout streams. We have the most informative and advanced trout stream mapping platform available today, with over 30,000 trout streams mapped across 40 states. Each month we continue to add more detail and work on adding more states.

TroutRoutes is a comprehensive mapping platform that provides detailed mapping for trout streams. Our goal is to provide every mapping detail and resource you need in one place. Our application is available on mobile phones on the Apple App Store for iOS and the Google Play store for Android. We also have TroutRoutes available for Desktop computers via web browser at the URL link below.


This guide is intended to get you started with common tasks and the overview of our application.

Map Modes and Base Layers

The core of TroutRoutes is the Map Modes and Base Layers. These key settings can be found in the Layers icon. [insert icon]

Base Layers

Base layers is the core imagery of the map below the TroutRoutes mapping data. Currently we support three Base Layers:

Roads – This base layer shows all the roads, townships and other navigational elements.

Topography – This base layer has additional emphasis and highlighting to show topography and elevation changes to give you insights on the topography of an area, such as mountains, canyons and plateaus. In this base layer, you will see elevation lines with labels (ie “9540 ft”).

Satellite – This base layer has satellite imagery with some road lines and city markers. This layer is very useful when looking to see real earth imagery alongside the TroutRoutes mapping data.

Note: All of the base layers are available to both Pro and Basic users.

Map Mode (TroutRoutes PRO only)

The map mode can be set by selecting the map icon and toggline Each mode is designed to specifically meet the needs of the trout stream angler for different use cases. These map modes are:

Basic Mode – For free users of TroutRoutes. Displays only basic information and layers. Specifically, this mode will show all trout streams in blue, road bridges and fly shops.

Guide Mode – For PRO users only. A mode that displays all map layers and formats all public land access in a simple view, while displaying all trout streams based on TroutRoutes classification rating using a color-coded scheme. TroutRoutes classification ratings come in 4 levels: Class 0 (Gold Medal and Blue Ribbon), Class 1 (Top rated streams), Class 2, and Class 3. This mode is ideal for searching for trout streams based on quality with a quick glance on public access. For more information on the stream classification system, refer to the setion below.

Access Mode – For PRO users only. This mode focuses on enhanced visual insights on public access for trout streams. In this mode, all trout streams are shown as blue lines, with sections that are on fishing easements in purple. Any section of a trout stream that offers public access is also shown with a thick gray outline. The public land parcels are color coded based on land type, categorized in 15 different types.

Common Tasks

Selecting a stream

The key interaction for TroutRoutes is the idea of selecting a stream. To select a stream, simply tap the stream of interest in the map. When selecting a stream, the stream will become highlighted and the map will snap to that stream. You will see a stream card at the bottom of the screen with information and your notes on that stream. You will also see all the bridges and access features for that stream highlighted, such as access trails, points and roads.

Selecting an object

You can tap any object within the TroutRoutes maps to see more information about that point or object, get directions, and share that object with a peer or colleague. When you have selected a stream, the map will highlight the bridges and access points for that stream, and you can tap any of these as well.


The search function allows you to search for a particular stream, point of interest or other features within the map. As of February 2022, the following items can be searched:

  • Stream by stream name
  • Access point by name (any boat ramp, access point, trailhead, dam, etc)
  • Fly shop by name
  • City, State, County or Town by name

Considerations of search: ** Currently the search function depends on proper spelling of the name. This will be improved in 2022 to support “mostly correct spelling.” In some cases, there is an inconsistency of the name of a stream between different sources, such as the local DNR, Google Maps and other local resources. In almost all cases, TroutRoutes uses the local DNR as the official source for stream naming. As you type, the search results will populate in real-time. 

Using Filters (TroutRoutes PRO only)

One advanced feature of TroutRoutes is the use of special filters. Special filters allows you to customize the map to view a particular stream of interest. To access this menu, select the Filters icon in the bottom ribbon.

The special filters currently supports these key attributes:

  • Show and hide streams by Classification – This powerful filter allows you to show and hide individual classifications from TroutRoutes. For example, you can show only the Gold Medal / Blue ribbon streams across the country to show the top 50 streams in the country. You could also include the Class 1 streams to give you a clean view of the top trout streams in a given area. An additional use case is only showing the class three streams to target streams that are least known and fished in a given area.
  • Only show streams with fishing easements – This powerful feature will hide any stream that does not have an easement somewhere on the stream. This feature affects the entire map for all states. Any stream across the country that has an easement will remain shown. This filter can be very useful in targeting streams with particularly good access in the form of fishing easements, particularly useful in states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, Pennsylvania and others with strong easement programs.
  • Only show stream sections that are tailwater’s – This filter will highlight all the tailwaters streams that hold trout in the country. Tailwaters are very important and popular stream configurations where a deep reservoir is followed by a dam that releases bottom-fed cold water year round to the stream below, providing exceptional cold-water conditions for trout. These tailwaters are often very popular and provide some of the largest and most abundant trout in the country. Further, tailwaters can provide exceptional fishing conditions that are resilient to other weather elements, such as cold winter, spring runoffs and other rain events. For this reason, tailwaters are often the most fished areas and can be technically challenging due to pressure.
  • Only show the most popular streams in the country – This filter will highlight the top 100 most popular streams in the country (number is not exact, we just flag the streams that are most commonly talked about and fished across the country). This feature can be really useful if traveling to a new area and trying to get quickly acclimated with an area and its most fished streams where trout are most abundant. For example, if its your first time exploring Montana, having a quick filter that highlights the top 15 most popular trout streams like the Madison River, Beaverhead River, Missouri River, Boulder River, Gallatin River and others can be really useful and informative.

Managing Layers (TroutRoutes PRO only)

TroutRoutes currently has over 20 different layers of interest for the trout stream angler. As we continue to add more information and layers, being able to turn on and off certain layers can be very useful. To access this menu, select the Filters icon in the bottom ribbon. To see a list of all the layers, refer to the Map Layers section in this guide.

Sharing a point of interest

Perhaps you’d like to share a particular point of interest directly with a peer or colleague (note, not for social media or general-purpose sharing). This can be useful for setting meeting points, collaborating on pre-trip research or other needs. This can be done by tapping a point of interest and selecting the share icon. The point of interest can be any of the following:

  • Tap and hold a point on the map to drop a pin, then select share icon
  • Tap any existing point on the map (such as a boat ramp or trailhead), then select share icon
  • Tap any of your personal markers, then select share icon

The sharing options are dependent on your personal mobile device, but typically includes options such as share via text, share via email, etc.

When the recipient receives the message, they can select the link and will be brought directly to that shared point of interest within TroutRoutes. If they do not have TroutRoutes installed, they will be brought to the TroutRoutes install page.

Sharing a stream

You can also share a stream directly with a peer or colleague. This can also be useful for collaborating on pre-trip research, suggesting a stream to a friend, etc. To share a stream, first select the stream of interest from the map. Then select the share icon from the stream info card.

The sharing options are dependent on your personal mobile device, but typically includes options such as share via text, share via email, etc.

When the recipient receives the message, they can select the link and will be brought directly to that stream in the TroutRoutes map. If they do not have TroutRoutes installed, they will be brought to the TroutRoutes install page.

Getting directions

Quickly getting directions to a point of interest is a key feature of TroutRoutes that makes your life easier while on the road. Getting directions is easy within the TroutRoutes app, this can be done using one of several ways:

  • Tap on any object within the map (ie Fly Shop, Trailhead, Boat ramp, Bridge), and select the directions icon
  • Tap and hold any point in the map. Then select the directions icon.

Our directions feature integrates with Google Maps to provide one-click directions and navigation for you while on the road.

Downloading an Offline Map (TroutRoutes PRO only)

This section will be added shortly.

Get real-time stream conditions (TroutRoutes PRO only)

This section will be added shortly.

1 Comment

  1. February 7, 2023 at 6:20 am

    Is there a way to download load maps to my GPS?

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