French Creek

General Information

County: Allamakee
Location: Located on French Creek Wildlife Management Area and private land 6 miles northeast of Waukon.
Acres: 5.60
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at French Creek include:
  • Trails
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
Rrecent rainfall events have turned a majority of area rivers and streams off color and running high. Temperatures cooling greatly for the weekend. Trout streams are off color and high. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Brown Trout - Good: The best time to fish French Creek is after rain events so fish will be less spooky. This stream rarely turns off color.
The bridge on Mays Prairie Road (CR X6A) is being replaced. Work scheduled through mid November baring weather delays. Access the parking lot from the south.
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The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Brook Trout
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.
  • Brown Trout
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Catch and release only. Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.
French Creek contains a naturally reproducing population of brown trout. It was last sampled in 2011 and at that time, there were 2,100 brown trout per mile with fish up to 20 inches. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Additionally, the upstream segment (which is upstream of the confluence with the West Branch of French Creek) also contains a naturally reproducing South Pine strain brook trout population with some wild brown trout in this area. Sampling in 2011 showed 416 brook trout per mile with fish up to 11 inches collected. Brown trout sampled in this area numbered 416 fish per mile with fish up to 13 inches. There is a catch and release regulation for brown trout only and an artificial lure only rule on French Creek. Primitive camping is allowed on the French Creek Wildlife Management Area. Please be aware that parts of the stream are on private property where only angling is permitted.(2012)

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Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.