Stream Details

North Bear Creek

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Located 2.5 miles northeast of Highlandville.
Stream Segment Length: 6.00

Amenities

Amenities at North Bear Creek include:
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Slow:
Brown Trout - Slow: Hoppers and other terrestrial flies will catch fish. Also small mosquito and gnat patterns would work.
Rainbow Trout - Slow:
Trout streams are not fishable as of 9/22/2016. Streams with better water quality will clear faster. Access to many streams may be limited due to increased flows, poor road conditions, and bridge outages. Stocking has been temporarily suspended until conditions improve. The ground in many areas is saturated limiting truck access. For current trout stocking information, please call the trout stocking number at 563-927-5736.

Fishing Summary

North Bear Creek is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout and is an unannounced stocking. This stream contains a naturally reproducing population of brown trout. In 2009, there were 526 brown trout per mile with fish up to 20 inches collected. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Primitive camping is allowed on the state owned North Bear Wildlife Management Area. Please be aware that parts of the stream are on private property open to public fishing. (2012)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2015 - 1,932 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2015 - 12,246 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2014 - 2,400 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2014 - 11,064 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 3,451 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 10,959 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 2,256 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 12,915 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 1,599 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 13,888 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 876 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 10,679 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2009 - 14,914 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 1,046 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 11,181 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 1,034 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 13,362 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 675 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 13,833 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)

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
  • 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
  • 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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