Stream Details

Bigalk Creek

General Information

County: Howard
Location: Located 7 miles northeast of Cresco.
Stream Segment Length: 0.60

Amenities

Amenities at Bigalk Creek include:
  • Accessible Pier
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Fair: Use scuds or stonefly imitations for fish not rising to the surface.
Brown Trout - Good: 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. Nice hatches of blue wing olives, dark hendricksons, and caddis 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.
The road to Decorah Fish Hatchery will be under construction through June. Many streams are off color. Streams with better watersheds will clear quicker. Call 563-927-5736 for catchable trout stocking locations. Use jigs tipped with twistertails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler to catch a freshly stocked fish.

Fishing Summary

Bigalk Creek is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. It is also annually stocked with fingerling rainbow trout. Limited natural reproduction of rainbow trout has been documented. Stream access is easy and an accessible access is located downstream. Please be aware that segments of the stream are on private property where only angling is permitted.(2012)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2015 - 460 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2015 - 4,200 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2014 - 639 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2014 - 3,753 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 535 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 4,123 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 225 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 4,715 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 235 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 4,394 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/20/2011 - 2,097 Rainbow Trout (2.2")
  • annual 2010 - 144 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 3,474 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/27/2010 - 2,000 Rainbow Trout (2.4")
  • annual 2009 - 4,671 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/28/2009 - 2,000 Rainbow Trout (4.0")
  • annual 2008 - 163 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 3,738 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 168 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 4,823 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 06/28/2007 - 2,000 Rainbow Trout (4.0")

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
  • 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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