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 - Fair: Use scuds or stonefly imitations for fish not rising to the surface.
Brown Trout - Fair: A great time to fish for Brown Trout is when water turns off color from rainfall events. Try caddis fly and midge larvae imitations hatching off the water. Also, nice hatches of blue wing olives and dark hendricksons are occurring on warmer sunny afternoons.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Fish rainbow trout in the head end of riffles. Try slowly pulling a black bead head fly with a light colored scud or midge dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water.
Streams with better water quality will clear faster. Rainfall amount through the weekend will determine how muddy streams get. Call 563-927-5736 for current stocking locations. Use jigs tipped with twistertails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler to catch a freshly stocked fish.

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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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")

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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