Stream Details

Mink Creek

General Information

County: Fayette
Location: Located on private property 1.5 miles north of Wadena, access on Bighorn Road.
Stream Segment Length: 0.90

Amenities

Amenities at Mink Creek include:
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
Brook Trout - Good: Hoppers, beetles, and anything that looks buggy work well this time of year. Pick up trash.
Brown Trout - Good: Off-color water is a great time to catch a brownie. Fish along grassed edges, undercut banks, and around boulders.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Use hair jigs, spinner baits, or small shallow water crankbaits for aggressive fish. Thank a landowner for allowing access on private land.
Clarity good to excellent on most streams. Flows up but fishable. All stream stockings occurring with return of cooler temperatures. All stockings unannounced through the remainder of the season. Trout anglers can use any kind of light weight rods and reels with spinner baits or a hook tipped with small piece of crawler, cheese, or dough can be just as successful as fly anglers.

Mink Creek is stocked weekly April, May, June, September and October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout and also provides opportunities for wild brown trout. Catchable stockings are unannounced. Mink Creek was sampled in 2011 and natural reproduction of French Creek strain brown trout was detected for the first time. There were 384 brown trout per mile with fish up to 18 inches collected. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Please be aware that segments of the stream are on private property where only angling is permitted. Permission is not required but thank you's are always welcome.(2012)

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  • annual 2019 - 1,958 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 3,720 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2018 - 1,595 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2018 - 2,217 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 568 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 3,125 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 380 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 3,391 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 720 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 2,630 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 775 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 2,235 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 650 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 3,617 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 186 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 1,869 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 180 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 1,370 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.

  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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