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

    Trout streams are in excellent condition. Look for sporadic midge hatches on warmer days. For these hatches, try using #18 or 20 emergers or nymphs with a #22 or #24 drop hook gnarly midge. Use more streamers or scuds as prey availability has changed and fish are looking for something meatier. Anglers using minnows and dark flashy hair jigs will catch fish.
    Brook Trout - Good: Water clarity is excellent so watch your shadow on clear sunny days. Anglers may want to use larger jigs or streamers that imitate minnows or small trout.
    Brown Trout - Fair: Sny Magill and North Cedar Fish and Wildlife areas were the first private lands purchased for the purpose of trout stream management open to the public, according to the 1975 Job Completion Report by Fisheries Management Section to the State Conservation Commission.
    Rainbow Trout - Good: Larger rainbows are moving upstream in preparation for spawning. Try using baits imitating minnows and small trout.

    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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