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Stream Details

Bear Creek

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: Bixby State Preserve, 2 miles north of Edgewood just east of Fortune Road.
Stream Segment Length: 0.50

Amenities

Amenities at Bear Creek include:
  • Picnic Area
Brook Trout - Fair: Brook trout taking a variety of flies imitating gnats, midges, caddis or an occasional mayfly. Use care not to alarm it when approaching the stream in gin clear water.
Streams maintain nice holdover numbers for the casual angler. With the start of turkey season, anglers should avoid wearing red, white, or blue. The calendar is now available on-line at https://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing.
Brown Trout - Good: Best time to fish spooky brown's is when water is off color. Use lures that mimic small minnows or midges.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Find rainbows in head ends of pools. Fish the afternoon hatches for fun action.

A low density brown trout population is present in Bear Creek in Bixby State Preserve and some adjacent private lands. Access to private lands is by landowner permssion only.(2022)

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Parking Access
Catchable Trout Waters
Fingerling Stocked or Natural Reproduction
Restrictive Regulation Stream

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    No known aquatic invasive species have been found
  • 05/16/2019 - 1,004 Brown Trout (1.78)
  • 05/18/2018 - 1,000 Brown Trout (2)
  • 5/10/2017 - 1,000 Brown Trout (2")
  • 6/16/16 - 1,000 Brown Trout (2")
  • 04/28/2015 - 1,000 Brown Trout (3")
  • 06/11/2014 - 1,000 Brown Trout (2")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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
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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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