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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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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.