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

Brook Trout - Good: Use mayfly, caddis fly, and small gnat imitations for the hatching insects.
Brown Trout - Good: Off color water is a great time to fish for Brown Trout. Try caddis fly and mayfly imitations hatching off the water. Try using leach or streamer patterns for more aggressive fish.
Streams conditions are good. Wild Parsnip is in full bloom. Wear light clothing to protect exposed skin from this plants effects. Call 563-927-5736 for catchable trout stocking locations. Use jigs tipped with twistertails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler to catch a freshly stocked fish.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Fish rainbow trout in the head end of riffles. Try slowly pulling a black bead head fly with a light colored scud or midge dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water.
Brook Trout - Good: With grasses and other forbs in full bloom, now is the time to consider switching to terrestrial insects. Ants, flies, caddis, and small gnat imitations for insects falling or flying around the water.
Brown Trout - Good: Catch has been variable lately. Off color water is a great time to fish for Brown Trout. Try caddis fly and mayfly imitations hatching off the water. Try using leach or streamer patterns for more aggressive fish.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Scuds, stonefly, and common garden hackle imitations should turn a rainbow head.
Streams with better water quality will clear quicker. Wild Parsnip is in full bloom. Wear light clothing to protect exposed skin from this plants effects. Call 563-927-5736 for current catchable trout stocking locations. Use jigs tipped with twistertails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler to catch a freshly stocked 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 2015 - 720 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2015 - 2,630 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2014 - 775 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2014 - 2,235 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 650 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 3,617 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 186 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 1,869 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 180 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 1,370 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 40 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 1,076 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/24/2010 - 2,031 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2009 - 1,128 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/21/2009 - 2,000 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • annual 2008 - 75 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 1,295 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/13/2008 - 1,417 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • annual 2007 - 123 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 1,545 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/24/2007 - 2,000 Brown Trout (2.1")

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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