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Stream Details

Sny Magill Creek

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: Located in the Sny Magill Wildlife Management Area, 3 miles southwest of McGregor along Keystone Road.
Stream Segment Length: 5.00

Amenities

Amenities at Sny Magill Creek include:
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
Trout streams are low with improving clarity. Catchable trout stream stocking in full swing. Streams are stocked each week but will be unannounced again this year due to COVID 19 precautions. No calendar will be available. Hatchery grounds are open. Please observe current social distancing and mask rules when visiting. Fourth season turkey hunting is open ending May 16. Remember to wear bright clothing when fishing.
Brook Trout - Good: Excellent hatches of blue-winged olives, caddis flies, midges, and stoneflies. On sunny days, fish these hatches. Eleven streams have naturally reproducing populations with public access. Go to https://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing to find out where.
Brown Trout - Good: Off color water from rainfall events will spur a brownie bite. Fish weed edges, ledges, and heads of pools using pheasant tail nymphs with a small midge or scud dropper.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: With clear water, best fishing on cloudy days. Use light weight spinning rod and reels for some fun action. Use a small hook or light jig head with cheese, worms, or plastic tail.

Sny Magill is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout and also provides opportunities for wild brown trout. Sampling for Sny Magill from 2010 showed 722 French Creek strain brown trout per mile with fish up to 16 inches. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. First ever natural reproduction was detected during this sampling. Fingerling stocking of brown trout is suspended until confirmation is determined by another sample. Recent habitat improvement projects have provided an accessible streambank and many other easy stream access points. Primitive camping is allowed in the wildlife management area.(2012)

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

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  • August 2019 - 20 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 15,554 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2018 - 12,132 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 2,401 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 11,140 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 1,395 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 12,288 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 1,850 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 11,837 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 2,283 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 8,480 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 1,415 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 9,435 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 1,630 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 10,270 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 1,020 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 11,355 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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