Stream Details

Spring Creek

General Information

County: Mitchell
Location: Located on the west edge of Orchard.
Stream Segment Length: 0.80

Amenities

Amenities at Spring 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

Spring Creek is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. This fishery contains low numbers of stream-reared French Creek strain brown trout maintained through an annual stocking of fingerling fish. This stream is entirely on private property and only angling is permitted.(2012)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2013 - 526 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 3,783 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 213 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 4,161 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/07/2012 - 1,840 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • annual 2011 - 210 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 4,305 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/16/2011 - 1,900 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2010 - 166 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 3,460 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2009 - 4,371 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 204 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 3,546 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/13/2008 - 709 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • annual 2007 - 162 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 4,164 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 184 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 3,161 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)

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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