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 at Bear Creek include:
  • Picnic Area

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Good: Use flies or lures that look like sculpins or suckers in flood ravaged streams where there is no aquatic vegetation.
Trout streams should be fishable by the weekend. Anglers please be aware it is hunting season so be courteous to other recreational users. All catchable stockings are unannounced through October. All streams continue to be stocked. There have been good hatches of small mayflies and caddis flies midday.
Brown Trout - Good: Brown Trout are beginning their pre-spawn activities. Anglers should start to see small indentations in the stream bottom called redds. Please try not to step in these areas.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Anglers can find Rainbow Trout hiding in the upper and lower ends of pools. Dance a meaty looking fly or lure in these areas and wait.

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)

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Special Trout Fisheries

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • 04/28/2015 - 1,000 Brown Trout (3")
  • 06/11/2014 - 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")


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.