Stream Details

Otter Creek

General Information

County: Fayette
Location: Located 3 miles southeast of West Union.
Stream Segment Length: 2.50

Amenities

Amenities at Otter Creek include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • 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.

Fishing Summary

Otter Creek is stocked weekly April, May, June, September and October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. It has been stocked annually since 2006 with fingerling French Creek strain brown trout. Fingerling rainbow trout have been stocked since 2000. The Otter Creek segment from Hornet Road to Echo Valley Park supports trout populations year-round and is the location of the fingerling stocking. The downstream portion of Otter Creek, adjacent to Echo Valley Road, is not a coldwater stream and does not support trout populations during most summers. Part of Otter Creek is in Echo Valley State Park. Easy walking trails are abundant.(2012)

Stream Maps

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2013 - 455 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 5,360 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 599 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 5,440 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/07/2012 - 4,000 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • 05/07/2012 - 2,000 Rainbow Trout (2.2")
  • annual 2011 - 500 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 6,100 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/20/2011 - 2,038 Rainbow Trout (2.2")
  • 05/16/2011 - 3,680 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2010 - 400 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 4,514 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/27/2010 - 2,000 Rainbow Trout (2.4")
  • 05/24/2010 - 2,739 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2009 - 6,020 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/28/2009 - 2,000 Rainbow Trout (4.0")
  • 05/21/2009 - 4,000 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • annual 2008 - 250 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 4,675 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/13/2008 - 2,834 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • annual 2007 - 670 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 5,205 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 06/28/2007 - 2,000 Rainbow Trout (4.0")
  • 05/24/2007 - 4,000 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • annual 2006 - 390 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 1,229 Brown Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 4,571 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/24/2006 - 2,000 Rainbow Trout (2.6")
  • 05/16/2006 - 4,000 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.

  • 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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