Stream Details

Middle Bear Creek

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Stream located 7 miles northeast of Highlandville. T100N, R7W, S14, 15, 16
Stream Segment Length: 1.30

Amenities

Amenities at Middle Bear Creek include:

    District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

    Brook Trout - Good: For stained water, try using a streamer or minnow imitation. Terrestrial bugs are beginning to show up on streams. Ants, grasshoppers, and crickets should start to turn heads.
    Brown Trout - Good: A nice variety of insects have been hatching in the late afternoon. Try using a #18 blue wing olive or #14 or #16 caddis fly imitation. Strong midge hatches have also been occurring.
    Many trout streams are fishable. The spotty nature of Tuesday's rain has caused some streams to be off color. Flows remain up. Remember, a few of our streams are not stocked in July and August as these streams tend to get too warm for cold water fish. Please refer to our calendar and map to find out which ones.
    Rainbow Trout - Good: Spin fishers might try using spinners or worms for success.

    Fishing Summary

    Middle Bear has a naturally reproducing population of Wisconsin strain brook trout in the upstream segment with some brown trout reproduction in the downstream portion. This stream is entirely on private property. The lower quarter mile of Middle Bear is open to public fishing. The remainder of the stream requires permission from the landowners. Due to private ownership of this property, no map is available. (2012)

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    Popular Fish Species in this Stream

    Fish Stocking

    • 06/07/2010 - 1,300 Brook Trout (2.75")
    • 05/22/2009 - 1,000 Brook Trout (3.0")
    • 06/14/2006 - 2,000 Brook Trout (3.2")

    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

    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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