Iowa DNR's Twitter Iowa DNR's Flicker Iowa DNR's YouTube Iowa DNR's Pinterest Iowa DNR's Facebook | Iowa Outdoors Magazine | News | Contact Us

Site Search  search button

Stream Details

French Creek

General Information

County: Allamakee
Location: Located on French Creek Wildlife Management Area and private land 6 miles northeast of Waukon.
Stream Segment Length: 5.60


Amenities at French Creek include:
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brown Trout - Good: Trout build nests that look like freshly cleared shallow depressions in the stream bottom.
Thunderstorms occasionally affect water clarity but most northeast Iowa streams have recently been fishing well. Early morning Trico hatches have been good - try a sparse #24 pattern for fishing a dry. Hopper and Cricket fishing has also been excellent beginning late in the morning. On cooler days, there have been consistent afternoon #18 Blue Wing Olive hatches.
Brook Trout - Good: Try using a rooster-tail jig or spinner bait to catch the brookies eye.
#18 Blue Wing Olives are hatching nearly every afternoon on better northeast Iowa streams. #12 Cricket patterns have been extremely effective for larger browns and rainbows. GRHEs, Princes and Zebra Midges have all been effective nymph patterns. Brown and brook trout are presently on the spawning beds. Please fish from the stream banks or wade very carefully whenever possible so as not to disturb critical nesting activity.
Brook Trout - Good: Brook trout can be seen building nests to lay their eggs.
Brown Trout - Good: Subsurface flies fished with a cross-stream action are attracting brownies.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbows can be found sitting in faster water. If the weather doesn't slow the hatch, bows can be aggressive on a dry fly.

Stream Maps

Download Printable Stream Map

Parking Access
Catchable Trout Waters
Special Trout Fisheries
You can zoom the map in and out using the slider on the left hand side, and you can pan the map by clicking and dragging. Rollover features for more information. Click streams to go to their page.

Popular Fish Species in this Stream


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.