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

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.
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

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 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")
  • annual 2006 - 120 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 1,195 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/16/2006 - 2,000 Brown Trout (2.0")

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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