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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: The best brook trout streams are heavily vegetated making fishing difficult. Dabbling a fly through the narrow unvegetated runs is best or find deeper pools above beaver dams.
Water levels on most are low but fishable. Trout stream stocking continues on all steams as scheduled even though some are not announced. Beginning October 1, all streams become unannounced but continue to be stocked through the end of October.
Brown Trout - Good: Recent rain clouded up many streams creating an uptick in Brown Trout activity. They also flushed a good amount of new critters into the water. Anglers may have to be more stealthy when approaching streams. A variety of terrestrial insect patterns will work especially crickets, ants, and grasshoppers.
Rainbow Trout - Good: A small chunk of worm or cheese under a bobber fished through a deeper hole will turn a rainbow head. Cut line on deeply hooked fish if returning to water.

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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    No known aquatic invasive species have been found
  • 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)
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.