Stream Details

French Creek

General Information

County: Allamakee
Location: Located on French Creek Wildlife Management Area and private land 6 miles northeast of Waukon.
Stream Segment Length: 5.60


Amenities at French Creek include:
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

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.
Brook Trout - Good: Early morning is a good time to catch a brookie. Match what's hatching. Nothing hatching. Use a streamer to mimic minnows or subsurface flies like scuds or pheasant tail nymphs.
Brown Trout - Good: Melt water and run-off inputs drive Brown Trout into a feeding frenzy. Use small midge, caddis, or flashy streamer patterns.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Catch a post-spawn Rainbow Trout below a riffle. Float a feathered spinner or crankbait past a hungry mouth and hang on.
Catchable trout stocking begins April 2. Plan a trip to your favorite trout stream. Find this years stocking calendar at Snow melt continues. Better water clarity in morning turning off color by afternoon. Gravel roads and parking areas are rough and mushy as the frost comes out.

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Fish Stocking


    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: Catch and release only. Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.

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    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.