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Patterson Creek is stocked weekly April, May, June, September and October with catchable 10-12 inch rainbow trout and provides opportunities for wild brown trout. It was sampled in 2011 and natural reproduction of brown trout was detected for the first time. There were 1492 French Creek strain brown trout per mile with fish up to 14 inches collected. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. This stream is on private property open to public fishing. It is lightly grazed and affords excellent stream access.(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.