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Portions of Waterloo Creek above Dorchester are stocked weekly April trhough October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. Wild brown trout populations are present throughout this stream. Waterloo Creek below Highway 76 is posted as a catch and release area and artificial lure only rule applies. Sampling data from 2010 showed 685 brown trout per mile with fish up to 23 inches. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Stream access is easy with many angler access points on both public and private land. Primitive camping is available on the Waterloo 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.