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

Brown Trout - Good: Brown Trout become more aggressive with melt water or run-off inputs. Increasing numbers of insects are hatching on sunny afternoons. Use small midge or caddis patterns. With off color water, try a flashy spinner or fly.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Try a feathered spinner, crankbait, or a hook tipped with worm drifted along an undercut bank for fun.
Snow melt is occurring. Better water clarity in morning turning off color by afternoon. With a slower bite, use bigger flashier flies and lures. Gravel roads and parking areas are getting rough and mushy as the frost comes out.
Brook Trout - Good: Midges hatch all season. Try woolly buggers or a flashy fly for a hungry brookie.

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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Parking Access
Catchable Trout Waters
Special Trout Fisheries

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • 6/16/16 - 1,000 Brown Trout (2")
  • 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")


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.