Stream Details

Spring Creek

General Information

County: Mitchell
Location: Located on the west edge of Orchard.
Stream Segment Length: 0.80

Amenities

Amenities at Spring Creek include:
  • 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

Spring Creek is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout. This fishery contains low numbers of stream-reared French Creek strain brown trout maintained through an annual stocking of fingerling fish. This stream is entirely on private property and only angling is permitted.(2012)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2017 - 1,008 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 3,567 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 5/25/2017 - 4,000 Brown Trout (2")
  • annual 2016 - 360 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 4,324 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 460 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 4,133 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 06/09/2015 - 6,500 Brown Trout (4")
  • annual 2014 - 312 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 3,572 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 526 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 3,783 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 213 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 4,161 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/07/2012 - 1,840 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • annual 2011 - 210 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 4,305 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/16/2011 - 1,900 Brown Trout (2.0")
  • annual 2010 - 166 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2010 - 3,460 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2009 - 4,371 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2008 - 204 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2008 - 3,546 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/13/2008 - 709 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: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
  • 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: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
  • 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: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
  • 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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