Stream Details

Bloody Run Creek

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: Located 2 miles west of Marquette off of Highway 18.
Stream Segment Length: 6.50

Amenities

Amenities at Bloody Run Creek include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Good: Brook Trout spawn is here. Similar to Brown's, Brook Trout build nests in the stream bottom. Good insect hatches occur on warm sunny afternoons. This is a good time to try nymphs, emerger, or topwater patterns.
Brown Trout - Good: Watch the stream bottom for cleared areas in gravel. These are trout nests or redds. Avoid stepping in them. Try using larger flies or lures mimicking minnows.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Fish near bottom if no hatches occurring. Use a weighted caddis, stonefly, or mayfly nymph.
To find out if trout are coming to a lake near you, visit our website for urban pond stocking. Iowa's trout season remains open all year long. Many catchables remain in the streams challenging even the best anglers. Fish a trout stream in winter for an experience to excite all your senses. Thank you to all who participated in this year's catchable stocked trout program. Looking forward to seeing you next April.
Brook Trout - Good: Brook Trout spawn is here. Similar to Brown's, Brook Trout build nests in the stream bottom. Good insect hatches occur on warm sunny afternoons. This is a good time to try nymphs, emerger, or topwater patterns.
Brown Trout - Good: Watch the stream bottom for cleared areas in gravel. These are trout nests or redds. Avoid stepping in them. Try using larger flies or lures mimicking minnows.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Fish near bottom if no hatches occurring. Use a weighted caddis, stonefly, or mayfly nymph.
To find out if trout are coming to a lake near you, visit our website for community pond stocking. Iowa's trout season remains open all year long. Many catchables remain in the streams challenging even the best anglers. Fish a trout stream in winter for an experience to excite all your senses. A good trout stream does not freeze in the winter. Water temperature's stay between 40-45 degrees.

Fishing Summary

Bloody Run is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout and also provides opportunities for wild brown trout. Bloody Run was last sampled in 2009. At that time, there were 485 brown trout per mile up to 18 inches in size with consistent natural reproduction. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. There is a 14 inch minimum size limit and artificial lure only rule on brown trout as posted in the segment upstream of the county park. There is easy access to the stream with a universally accessible site. Non-electric camp sites are available in the county owned Bloody Run Park and primitive camping on the Bloody Run Wildlife Management Area. Please be aware that segments of the stream are on private property and only angling is permitted. (2012)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2017 - 1,586 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 7,914 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 960 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 8,877 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 1,710 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 8,101 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 2,130 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 6,435 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 1,130 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 7,570 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 1,335 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 8,896 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 845 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 9,010 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/16/2011 - 10,940 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2010 - 400 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2010 - 6,669 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/27/2010 - 5,000 Rainbow Trout (2.4")
  • 05/17/2010 - 10,292 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2009 - 9,274 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/28/2009 - 5,000 Rainbow Trout (4.0")
  • 05/21/2009 - 1,430 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • annual 2008 - 525 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2008 - 8,780 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/13/2008 - 9,120 Brown Trout (4.0")

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: Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.
  • 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: 14-inch minimum where posted
    • Other: Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.
  • 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: Artificial lures only in posted areas. Artificial lure means lures that do not contain or have applied to them any natural or human-made substance designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell.
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 12-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • 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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