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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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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.