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Stream Details

Brush Creek

General Information

County: Fayette
Location: Located in Brush Creek Canyon State Preserve, 1.5 miles north of Arlington off of CR C2W or 90th Street.
Stream Segment Length: 1.60


Amenities at Brush Creek include:
  • Picnic Area
Trout streams are low with improving clarity. Catchable trout stream stocking in full swing. Streams are stocked each week but will be unannounced again this year due to COVID 19 precautions. No calendar will be available. Hatchery grounds are open. Please observe current social distancing and mask rules when visiting. Fourth season turkey hunting is open ending May 16. Remember to wear bright clothing when fishing.
Brook Trout - Good: Excellent hatches of blue-winged olives, caddis flies, midges, and stoneflies. On sunny days, fish these hatches. Eleven streams have naturally reproducing populations with public access. Go to https://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing to find out where.
Brown Trout - Good: Off color water from rainfall events will spur a brownie bite. Fish weed edges, ledges, and heads of pools using pheasant tail nymphs with a small midge or scud dropper.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: With clear water, best fishing on cloudy days. Use light weight spinning rod and reels for some fun action. Use a small hook or light jig head with cheese, worms, or plastic tail.

This fishery contains stream-reared Brown Trout ranging in size from young of year to 17 inches. Access to this stream is challenging as it is at the bottom of a steep valley but is well worth the effort. (2021)

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Catchable Trout Waters
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  • 5/25/2017 - 2,000 Brown Trout (2")
  • 6/6/16 - 2,100 Brown Trout (4")
  • 06/09/2015 - 2,000 Brown Trout (4")
  • 06/02/2014 - 1,320 Brown Trout (2")
  • 05/22/2013 - 2,000 Brown Trout (4.0")
  • 05/07/2012 - 1,840 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • annual 2011 - 110 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 1,700 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/16/2011 - 1,840 Brown Trout (2.0")
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.