Stream Details

Bigalk Creek

General Information

County: Howard
Location: Located 7 miles northeast of Cresco.
Stream Segment Length: 0.60


Amenities at Bigalk Creek include:
  • Accessible Pier
  • 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.
Trout streams continue to be stocked every week even if not announced. Most area trout stream current remain elevated. Clarity much improved. Use care when crossing or fishing in faster current.

Bigalk Creek is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout. Fingerling Rainbow Trout were stocked annually from 2003 to 2011. Limited natural reproduction of Rainbow Trout has been documented. 2012 sample data saw 168 fish per mile with fish ranging in size from 6-12 inches. Stream access is easy and an accessible access is located downstream. Please be aware that segments of the stream are on private property where only angling is permitted.(2022)

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  • Annual 2021 - 4,750 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2020 - 4,500 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • August 2019 - 300 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 4,552 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • August 2018 - 77 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2018 - 4,656 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 1,118 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 3,408 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 400 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 4,550 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 460 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 4,200 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 639 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 3,753 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 535 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 4,123 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 225 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 4,715 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.

  • 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.
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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.