Stream Details

Bear Creek

General Information

County: Fayette
Location: Located 6 miles southeast of Fayette off of Kornhill Road or CR C24. Access from 128th Street.
Stream Segment Length: 1.20

Amenities

Amenities at Bear Creek include:
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
Brook Trout - Fair: Fish the weed lines and head end of riffles for actively feeding fish. Terrestrial insects abundant.
Brown Trout - Good: Dirty water favors Brown Trout anglers. Increasing terrestrial insect numbers such as crickets, beetles, grasshoppers washing into streams creates a feeding frenzy for brownies.
Rainbow Trout - Good: A few streams get too warm for stocking Rainbow Trout during the heat of the summer, specifically July and August. This is an annual occurrence. Not to worry. Plenty of fish remain in the streams. Stocking the other streams continues as scheduled.
Wild parsnip beginning to dry out. Protect yourself from this plant by keeping arms and legs covered. This plants sap can cause serious blisters. Most area trout stream flows remain elevated. Clarity much improved. Use care when crossing or fishing in faster current.

Bear Creek is stocked weekly April, May, June, September and October with catchable 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout. Bear Creek is not a coldwater stream and does not support trout populations most summers. Access is from the end of 128th Street. A 0.5 mile walking trail continues to the stream. Please be aware that this stream is on private property where only angling is permitted.(2021)

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  • Annual 2021 - 2,072 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2020 - 1,714 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • June 2019 - 270 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 807 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2018 - 500 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2018 - 540 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 325 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 1,450 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 180 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 1,660 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 350 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 1,615 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 315 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 865 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 75 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 825 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 152 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 2,140 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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
  • Rock Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Shorthead redhorse
    • 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.
  • 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.
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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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