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

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.

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    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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