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This stream has a naturally reproducing brook trout population. A population estimate was conducted on South Pine in 2011. At that time, the population was estimated to be 498 brook trout with up to 1,094 fish per mile. The largest fish sampled was 11 inches. South Pine is a small open stream in a narrow valley surrounded by prairie in the floodplain. Access to this stream is challenging. The easiest way to access this fishery is by walking from the parking lot from Spring Creek Road and follow the mowed trail to the stream about 1.5 miles. At the bottom of the first hill past the pond, follow the mowed path to the right. Primitive camping is allowed on the South Pine Creek Wildlife Management Area.(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.