Stream Details

Bear Creek

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: Bixby State Preserve, 2 miles north of Edgewood just east of Fortune Road.
Stream Segment Length: 0.50

Amenities

Amenities at Bear Creek include:
  • Picnic Area

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Good: For stained water, try using a streamer or minnow imitation.
Brown Trout - Good: A nice variety of insects have been hatching in the evenings. Try using a #18 blue wing olive or #14 or #16 caddis fly imitation. Strong midges hatches have also been occurring.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Remember, a few of our streams are not stocked in July and August as these streams tend to get too warm for cold water fish. Please refer to our calendar and map to find out which ones. Spin fishers might try using spinners or worms for success.
Trout streams with better watersheds are fishable but flows are up. Trout anglers be aware! Wild Parsnip is still blooming. Take care when walking through this weed when getting to your favorite stream. Don't let it touch your skin. It reacts with the sun and causes horrible blisters.

Fishing Summary

A low density brown trout population is present in Bear Creek in Bixby State Preserve and some adjacent private lands. Access to private lands is by landowner permssion only.(2012)

Stream Maps

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Catchable Trout Waters
Special Trout Fisheries

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • Apr 28 2015 12:00AM - 1,000 Brown Trout (3")
  • Jun 11 2014 12:00AM - 1,000 Brown Trout (2")
  • 06/18/2013 - 1,000 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • 04/26/2012 - 920 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • 05/17/2011 - 1,000 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • 05/10/2010 - 500 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • 05/20/2009 - 1,000 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • 05/13/2008 - 709 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • 05/29/2007 - 1,000 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • 05/11/2006 - 1,000 Brown Trout (2.3")

Regulations

The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout

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.

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