Stream Details

West Branch French Creek

General Information

County: Allamakee
Location: Located on French Creek Wildlife Management Area 6 miles northeast of Waukon.
Stream Segment Length: 0.40

Amenities

Amenities at West Branch French Creek include:

    District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

    Brook Trout - Good: For stained water, try using a streamer or minnow imitation.
    Brown Trout - Good: A nice variety of insects have been hatching in the evenings. Try using a #18 blue wing olive or #14 or #16 caddis fly imitation. Strong midges hatches have also been occurring.
    Rainbow Trout - Good: Remember, a few of our streams are not stocked in July and August as these streams tend to get too warm for cold water fish. Please refer to our calendar and map to find out which ones. Spin fishers might try using spinners or worms for success.
    Trout streams with better watersheds are fishable but flows are up. Trout anglers be aware! Wild Parsnip is still blooming. Take care when walking through this weed when getting to your favorite stream. Don't let it touch your skin. It reacts with the sun and causes horrible blisters.

    Fishing Summary

    West branch of French Creek contains naturally reproducing populations of South Pine strain brook and brown trout. It was last sampled in 2011 and at that time, there were 216 brook trout per mile with fish up to 10 inches. There were 744 brown trout per mile with fish up to 13 inches collected. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. There is a catch and release regulation for brown trout only and an artificial lure only rule on French Creek. This is a direct tributary to French Creek and is a very secluded small stream with access provided by a 1 mile walk from the parking lot. Primitive camping is allowed on the French Creek Wildlife Management Area. (2012)

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      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

      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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