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
  • 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

The Mays Prairie Rd. (CR X6A) is currently closed at French Creek due to bridge replacement/repair (8/15/2018). (2018)

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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: 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.

    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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