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Stream Details

North Cedar Creek

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: Located 3 miles west of McGregor off of CR B60 or Ivory Road.
Stream Segment Length: 2.00

Amenities

Amenities at North Cedar Creek include:
  • Trails
  • Camping
Flows elevated with improved clarity at most locations. Use care when wading streams with elevated flows. All announced and unannounced streams were stocked this week. Gnats, mosquitoes, and no-see-ums out in force. Wild parsnip is blooming. Do not touch this plant. It can cause painful blisters.
Brook Trout - Slow: Brook trout take more persuasion to bite in off-color water. Sneak up on brook trout for a better chance at catching one of these beauties. Good hatches of gnats, mayflies, caddis flies, and midges.
Brown Trout - Good: Fish near or around logs or undercut banks. Spinner baits work well. Also try using streamers on larger waterbodies for some exciting action. Brown trout like cloudy water.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Use spinner baits, hair jigs, or hooks tipped with a small piece of worm, bread, or cheese floated through deeper holes.

North Cedar upstream of Ivory Road is stocked twice a month April through October with catchable 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout. Segments of this stream received fingerling domestic Brown Trout from 1999 to 2002 but was switched in 2002 to French Creek strain brownies until discontinued in 2009. Domestic Brook Trout fingerlings were stocked from 1992 to 1998. A Wisconsin strain (Ash Creek) Brook Trout was also introduced in 2006 and again in 2009 and 2010. Sampling data for 2011 showed 168 Brown Trout per mile with fish up to 14 inches and 120 Brook Trout per mile with fish up to 12 inches. Natural reproduction of both species has been documented. This is an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. North Cedar is a small stream with heavy tree cover. Primitive camping is available.(2022)


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

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    No known aquatic invasive species have been found
  • Annual 2022 - 1,550 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2021 - 1,277 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2020 - 1,397 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • annual 2019 - 1,222 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2018 - 1,018 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 168 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 878 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 155 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 990 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 245 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 1,075 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 290 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 890 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.

  • Brook 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
  • 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
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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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