Stream Details

Brush Creek

General Information

County: Fayette
Location: Located in Brush Creek Canyon State Preserve, 1.5 miles north of Arlington off of CR C2W or 90th Street.
Stream Segment Length: 1.60


Amenities at Brush Creek include:
  • Picnic Area

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Good: Brook trout are fall spawners so watch for shallow cleared gravel depressions or nests called redds and walk around these areas. Spawning usually takes place in October and November with fry emerging from the streambed in March and April
Brown Trout - Good: Brown trout are building nests or redds. Anglers can find fish guarding these areas. Please walk around these small cleared depressions in the stream bottom.
Blue wing olive hatches are more prevalent in late afternoon to early evening now. Also look for sporadic midge hatches. For these hatches, try using #18 or 20 emergers or nymphs with a #22 or #24 drop hook gnarly midge. Anglers using nightcrawlers, crankbaits and spinnerbaits will catch fish.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbow trout spawn in the spring, usually from March to May in riffles and gravel runs.

Fishing Summary

This fishery contains stream-reared brown trout maintained through an annual stocking of fingerling fish. Access to this stream is challenging as it is at the bottom of a steep valley but is well worth the effort.(2012)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • 05/22/2013 - 2,000 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • 05/07/2012 - 1,840 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • annual 2011 - 110 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 1,700 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/16/2011 - 1,840 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • 05/21/2009 - 2,000 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • 05/13/2008 - 1,417 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • 06/18/2007 - 2,000 Brown Trout (2.3")
  • 05/22/2006 - 2,000 Brown Trout (2.2")
  • 05/25/2005 - 2,000 Brown Trout (4")


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.