Stream Details

South Bear Creek

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Located at Highlandville.
Stream Segment Length: 5.20

Amenities

Amenities at South Bear Creek include:
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Trout anglers be aware it is turkey hunting season and hunters are highly camouflaged. Wear bright colors but NOT red, blue, brown, or white. Morel mushrooms are also beginning to pop up. Our angler accesses on private property only allow for fishing. All other activities must be permitted by the landowner.
Brook Trout - Good:
Brown Trout - Good: Caddis flies have been hatching in mid-afternoon.
Rainbow Trout - Good:

Fishing Summary

South Bear is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout and is an unannounced stocking. This fishery contains stream-reared French Creek strain brown trout maintained through an annual stocking of fingerling fish. Sampling data from 2009 showed 872 brown trout per mile with fish up to 16 inches collected. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Please be aware that segments of the stream are on private property where only angling is permitted. Primitive camping is allowed on the state owned South Bear Wildlife Management Area. Developed camping and general store are available at a private campground.(2012)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

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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