Stream Details

Turtle Creek

General Information

County: Mitchell
Location: Located about 1/2 mile north of St. Ansgar off of Highway 218.
Stream Segment Length: 2.20

Amenities

Amenities at Turtle 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

Turtle Creek is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout and also provides opportunities for wild brown trout. Sampling data from 2011 showed 452 French Creek strain brown trout with fish up to 16 inches collected. Natural reproduction was first detected in 2009 and the 2011 sample confirmed consistant natural reproduction. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Turtle Creek runs through the Boerjan Wildlife Area owned by the Mitchell County Conservation Board as well as, several private landowners. There are many easy access points on this stream. Please be aware that segments of the stream are on private property where only angling is permitted.(2012)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2013 - 1,518 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 6,729 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 823 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 7,540 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 238 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 8,783 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 192 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 7,051 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2009 - 8,721 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 229 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 5,640 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/13/2008 - 1,417 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • annual 2007 - 200 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 6,210 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/24/2007 - 2,000 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • annual 2006 - 210 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 4,744 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/16/2006 - 2,000 Brown Trout (2.0")

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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