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 - Fair: Use flies or lures that look like sculpins, dace, or suckers.
    Brown Trout - Good: Fishing when the water turns off color from run-off will turn the browns on. Anglers may want to try critters imitating small caddis fly larvae or gnats hatching off the water.
    Rainbow Trout - Fair: Black fly midge or hare's ear wet flies are attracting bows fished in the riffles. Try slowly pulling a black bead head fly with a yellow scud dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water.
    Streams are in fair condition but flows remain elevated. Rain/snow will turn streams off color but streams with better water quality will clear quicker. Gravel roads are beginning to get soft as the frost goes out. Decent hatches of caddis flies and midges have been occurring with the recent spring-like weather. A few early stonefly hatches have also been noticed.

    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")

    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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