Stream Details

North Cedar Creek

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: Located 3 miles west of McGregor off of CR B60 or Ivory Road.
Stream Segment Length: 2.00

Amenities

Amenities at North Cedar Creek include:

    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.

    Fishing Summary

    North Cedar upstream of Ivory Road is stocked twice a month April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout and is unannounced. The far upstream segment receives an annual stocking of French Creek strain fingerling brown trout. A Wisconsin strain of brook trout was also introduced in 2006 and again in 2009 and 2010. Sampling data for 2011 showed 168 brown trout per mile with fish up to 14 inches and 120 brook trout per mile with fish up to 12 inches. Only limited natural reproduction of both species has been documented. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. North Cedar is a small stream with heavy tree cover. Primitive camping is available.(2012)

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    Popular Fish Species in this Stream

    Fish Stocking

    • annual 2013 - 150 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2013 - 820 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2012 - 141 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2012 - 1,512 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2011 - 90 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2011 - 1,190 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2010 - 40 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
    • annual 2010 - 671 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • 06/07/2010 - 1,300 Brook Trout (2.75")
    • 05/22/2009 - 1,000 Brook Trout (3.0")
    • 05/21/2009 - 813 Brown Trout (4.0")
    • 05/13/2008 - 2,834 Brown Trout (4.0")
    • 05/24/2007 - 4,000 Brown Trout (2.1")
    • 06/14/2006 - 1,000 Brook Trout (3.2")
    • 05/16/2006 - 4,000 Brown Trout (2.3")

    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

    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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