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

Amenities at French Creek include:
  • Trails
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
Brook Trout - Good: Numerous insect hatches on sunny afternoons. Use midge, caddis, mayfly, or scud patterns for hungry brookies.
Brown Trout - Excellent: Rain water flowing into streams bringing a fresh supply of foods for curious brownies. Fish near or around structure. Spinner or crank baits work well for this. Midge and gnat hatches remain strong.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Freshly stocked Rainbow Trout are waiting for anglers. Use small spinner baits, hair jigs, or hooks tipped with a worm or minnow floating past structure or around large rocks.
Stocking calendars are available on the DNR's website. Streams in decent condition even with recent rain. As overland water reaches streams, clarity will decline. Streams with better watersheds will clear faster.

French Creek has a naturally reproducing population of Brown Trout. Last sampled in 2011 found 2,100 Brown Trout per mile with fish up to 20-inches. This is an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. The upstream segment (upstream of the confluence with the West Branch of French Creek) also has a naturally reproducing South Pine strain Brook Trout population with some wild Brown Trout in this area. Sampling in 2017 showed 220 Brook Trout per mile with fish up to 11-inches collected. Brown Trout sampled in this area numbered 700 fish per mile with fish up to 16-inches. There is a catch and release regulation for Brown Trout only and an artificial lure only rule on French Creek. Primitive camping is allowed on the French Creek Wildlife Management Area. Parts of the stream are on private property where only angling is permitted.(2022)

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  • 04/30/2020 - 5,000 Brook Trout (2.1)
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: none
    • Other: Catch and release only. 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.
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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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