Stream Details

Bear Creek

General Information

County: Fayette
Location: Located 6 miles southeast of Fayette off of Kornhill Road or CR C24. Access from 128th Street.
Stream Segment Length: 1.20

Amenities

Amenities at Bear Creek include:

    District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

    Trout streams are in excellent condition. Look for sporadic midge hatches on warmer days. For these hatches, try using #18 or 20 emergers or nymphs with a #22 or #24 drop hook gnarly midge. Use more streamers or scuds as prey availability has changed and fish are looking for something meatier. Anglers using minnows and dark flashy hair jigs will catch fish.
    Brook Trout - Good: Water clarity is excellent so watch your shadow on clear sunny days. Anglers may want to use larger jigs or streamers that imitate minnows or small trout.
    Brown Trout - Fair: Sny Magill and North Cedar Fish and Wildlife areas were the first private lands purchased for the purpose of trout stream management open to the public, according to the 1975 Job Completion Report by Fisheries Management Section to the State Conservation Commission.
    Rainbow Trout - Good: Larger rainbows are moving upstream in preparation for spawning. Try using baits imitating minnows and small trout.

    Fishing Summary

    Bear Creek is stocked weekly April, May, June, September and October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. Bear Creek is not a coldwater stream and does not support trout populations most summers. Access is from the end of 128th Street. A 0.5 mile walking trail continues to the stream. Please be aware that this stream is on private property where only angling is permitted.(2012)

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    Popular Fish Species in this Stream

    Fish Stocking

    • annual 2013 - 75 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2013 - 825 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2012 - 152 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2012 - 2,140 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2010 - 100 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2010 - 1,254 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2009 - 1,203 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2008 - 60 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2008 - 690 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2007 - 100 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2007 - 1,220 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2006 - 100 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2006 - 400 Brown Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2006 - 1,100 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)

    Regulations

    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: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
    • Green sunfish
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: none
      • Possession Limit: unlimited
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other:
    • Rainbow 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
    • Rock Bass
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: none
      • Possession Limit: unlimited
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other:
    • Shorthead redhorse
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: none
      • Possession Limit: unlimited
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
    • Smallmouth Bass
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
      • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
      • Length Limit: 12-inch minimum
      • Other:
    • White Sucker
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: none
      • Possession Limit: unlimited
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.

    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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