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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

Amenities at Brush Creek include:
  • Picnic Area

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Good: When fishing private property open to angling, leave that property as was or better by picking up trash. Close gates if you opened them; be considerate.
Brown Trout - Good: More terrestrials are out. Use beetles or other bright flies fished along grassed edges. Afternoon hatches of caddis and may flies have been slow. Pheasant tailed nymphs and bead headed midges working well. Use hair jigs or spinners for aggressive fish.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Use a worm or cheese floated through a pool under a bobber. Use an ultra-light pole and reel for fun action. Small crappie or bluegill jigs work well on a hungry bow.
Wild parsnip is coming on strong. Please don't touch this plant. It causes painful blisters. All trout stream stockings will be unannounced for the rest of the year due to COVID-19 precautions. Due to marginal water temperatures in July and August on a few streams, stocking catchables is temporarily discontinued. Hatchery grounds are open to the public, but feeders and other conveniences are temporarily unavailable.
Wild parsnip is coming on strong. Please don't touch this plant. It causes painful blisters. All trout stream stockings will be unannounced for the rest of the year due to COVID-19 precautions. A small number of trout streams are not stocked in July and August due to marginal water temperatures. This is an annual occurrence. To check which ones, please visit the trout fishing website.
Brook Trout - Good: When fishing private property open to angling, leave that property as was or better by picking up trash. Close gates if you opened them; be considerate.
Brown Trout - Good: More terrestrials are out. Use beetles or other bright flies fished along grassed edges. Afternoon hatches of caddis and may flies have been slow. Pheasant tailed nymphs and bead headed midges working well. Use hair jigs or spinners for aggressive fish.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Use a worm or cheese floated through a pool under a bobber. Use an ultra-light pole and reel for fun action. Small crappie or bluegill jigs work well on a hungry bow.

Fishing Summary

This fishery contains stream-reared brown trout maintained through an annual stocking of fingerling fish. Access to this stream is challenging as it is at the bottom of a steep valley but is well worth the effort.(2012)

Stream Maps

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

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • 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")

Regulations

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

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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