Stream Details

Sny Magill Creek

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: Located in the Sny Magill Wildlife Management Area, 3 miles southwest of McGregor along Keystone Road.
Stream Segment Length: 5.00

Amenities

Amenities at Sny Magill Creek include:
  • 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

Sny Magill is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout and also provides opportunities for wild brown trout. Sampling for Sny Magill from 2010 showed 722 French Creek strain brown trout per mile with fish up to 16 inches. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. First ever natural reproduction was detected during this sampling. Fingerling stocking of brown trout is suspended until confirmation is determined by another sample. Recent habitat improvement projects have provided an accessible streambank and many other easy stream access points. Primitive camping is allowed in the wildlife management area.(2012)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2013 - 1,415 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 9,435 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 1,630 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 10,270 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 1,020 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 11,355 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 410 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 8,137 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2009 - 11,027 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/21/2009 - 10,000 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • annual 2008 - 497 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 10,300 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/13/2008 - 3,543 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • annual 2007 - 1,370 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 10,324 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/24/2007 - 5,000 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • annual 2006 - 1,270 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 9,401 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 06/14/2006 - 1,900 Brown Trout (2.5")
  • 05/16/2006 - 5,000 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
  • 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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