Stream Details

North Bear Creek

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Located 2.5 miles northeast of Highlandville.
Stream Segment Length: 6.00

Amenities

Amenities at North Bear Creek include:
  • Trails
  • Camping
  • 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.

North Bear Creek is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout. This stream contains a naturally reproducing population of Brown Trout. In 2009, there were 526 Brown Trout per mile with fish up to 20 inches collected. This is an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Primitive camping is allowed on the state owned North Bear Wildlife Management Area. Please be aware that parts of the stream are on private property open to public fishing.(2022)

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Catchable Trout Waters
Fingerling Stocked or Natural Reproduction
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  • Annual 2021 - 14,493 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2020 - 14,400 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • August 2019 - 1,440 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 13,433 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2018 - 1,410 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2018 - 13,060 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 3,273 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 11,608 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 1,491 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 12,260 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 1,932 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 12,246 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 2,400 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 11,064 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 3,451 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 10,959 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 2,256 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 12,915 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.

  • 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
  • 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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