Stream Details

Mink Creek

General Information

County: Fayette
Location: Located on private property 1.5 miles north of Wadena, access on Bighorn Road.
Stream Segment Length: 0.90

Amenities

Amenities at Mink Creek include:
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Yellow wild parsnip blooming. Wear long sleeved clothing when walking through it to prevent skin contact. Flows remain elevated but fishable. Catchable trout are stocked as weather and water conditions permit. Listen to the trout stocking hotline for daily information at 563-927-5736.
Rainbow Trout - Good: A piece of worm or small cheese chunk on a hook under a bobber work in the deeper holes or floated past an undercut bank. A variety of small spinnerbaits also work.
Brown Trout - Good: Hendrickson, caddis, and cranefly hatches occurring. Crickets common along streams now. Use hendrickson, gnat, or beadhead nymph patterns. Pale yellow, black, brown, grey colors working. Try using terrestrial patterns for crickets and ants.
Brook Trout - Fair: A variety of aquatic and terrestrial insects, such as ants and beetles, are more numerous. Use care not to spook a feeding fish.

Fishing Summary

Mink Creek is stocked weekly April, May, June, September and October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout and also provides opportunities for wild brown trout. Catchable stockings are unannounced. Mink Creek was sampled in 2011 and natural reproduction of French Creek strain brown trout was detected for the first time. There were 384 brown trout per mile with fish up to 18 inches collected. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Please be aware that segments of the stream are on private property where only angling is permitted. Permission is not required but thank you's are always welcome.(2012)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2017 - 568 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 3,125 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 380 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 3,391 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 720 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 2,630 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 775 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 2,235 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 650 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 3,617 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 186 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 1,869 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 180 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 1,370 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2010 - 40 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2010 - 1,076 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/24/2010 - 2,031 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2009 - 1,128 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/21/2009 - 2,000 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • annual 2008 - 75 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2008 - 1,295 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/13/2008 - 1,417 Brown Trout (4.0")

Regulations

The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • 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
  • Rainbow 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
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 12-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • White Sucker
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.

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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