Stream Details

Otter Creek

General Information

County: Fayette
Location: Located 3 miles southeast of West Union.
Stream Segment Length: 2.50

Amenities

Amenities at Otter Creek include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • 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.

Otter Creek is stocked weekly April, May, June, September and October with catchable 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout. Fingerling French Creek Brown Trout were stocked annually from 2006 to 2017. Fingerling Rainbow Trout were stocked from 2000 to 2014. The Otter Creek segment from Hornet Road to Echo Valley Park supports trout populations year-round. The downstream portion of Otter Creek, adjacent to Echo Valley Road, is not a coldwater stream and does not support trout populations during most summers. Part of Otter Creek is in Echo Valley State Park. Easy walking trails are abundant.(2022)

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Catchable Trout Waters
Fingerling Stocked or Natural Reproduction
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  • Annual 2021 - 6,653 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2020 - 6,240 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • annual 2019 - 2,231 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 4,192 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2018 - 2,046 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2018 - 2,602 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 727 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 4,777 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 5/25/2017 - 6,000 Brown Trout (2")
  • 5/24/2017 - 700 Brook Trout (3")
  • annual 2016 - 465 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 5,295 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 6/6/16 - 6,300 Brown Trout (4")
  • annual 2015 - 920 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 5,622 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 06/09/2015 - 6,000 Brown Trout (4")
  • annual 2014 - 1,025 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 4,340 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 06/13/2014 - 3,200 Rainbow Trout (2")
  • 06/02/2014 - 2,680 Brown Trout (2")
  • annual 2013 - 455 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 5,360 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 599 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 5,440 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 05/07/2012 - 4,000 Brown Trout (2.1")
  • 05/07/2012 - 2,000 Rainbow Trout (2.2")
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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