Dixiejack I saw you mentioned something about a bait shop, don't know if this helps you, but it might for someone else making a trip in the area. On my trip I made it to Waukon, IA about 5am to get coffee for breakfast and hopefully get my license here instead of driving to Decorah. Gas station clerk said the sporting goods store on the north side of town will. It was called Sportsmen's Unlimited - Home
. I drove there and it opened up at 6am...yeah right on a Friday morning. Took a little nap. I hear a tap, tap, tap on my window. Well what do know, exactly 6am, doors wide open and ready for business. The kid was friendly and knew about trout fishing the area. Didn't look around too much to see their selection, but they did seem heavy on the hunting side of things.
Was out the door in no time and on my way to the stream.