South Bear is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout. This fishery maintains a wild Brown Trout population. Sampling data from 2009 showed 872 Brown Trout per mile with fish up to 16 inches collected. This is 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. Primitive camping is allowed on the state owned South Bear Wildlife Management Area. A private campground and general store are located in Highlandville.