Stream Details

Baileys Ford

General Information

County: Delaware
Location: 3 miles southeast of Manchester - follow signage from Jefferson Road.
Stream Segment Length: 0.60

Amenities

Amenities at Baileys Ford include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Recent fish sampling surveys on the Upper Maquoketa River (Trout Portion) has shown good numbers of brown trout with many of quality size.
Brown Trout - Fair: Use spinners or dry flies concentrating efforts near overhead cover and other habitat.

Fishing Summary

This is a popular trout fishery located within Baileys Ford Couty Park and it is stocked with catchable-sized rainbow and brook trout from April through October of each year. This stream also maintains a low density population of wild brown trout that originate from upstream segments of Spring Branch Creek. Good shoreline fishing is available here with primitive, electric & nonelectric camping sites available.(2015)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2015 - 3,479 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2015 - 12,113 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2014 - 2,902 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2014 - 11,893 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 3,000 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 11,600 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 2,500 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 13,350 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 3,200 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 11,950 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 2,120 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 11,789 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2009 - 350 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2009 - 13,293 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 1,734 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 8,858 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 1,125 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 13,639 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 2,125 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 12,315 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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