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Stream Details

Turtle Creek

General Information

County: Mitchell
Location: Located about 1/2 mile north of St. Ansgar off of Highway 218.
Stream Segment Length: 2.20

Amenities

Amenities at Turtle 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.

Turtle Creek is stocked weekly April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout and also provides opportunities for wild brown trout. Sampling data from 2011 showed 452 French Creek strain brown trout with fish up to 16 inches collected. Natural reproduction was first detected in 2009 and the 2011 sample confirmed consistant natural reproduction. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Turtle Creek runs through the Boerjan Wildlife Area owned by the Mitchell County Conservation Board as well as, several private landowners. There are many easy access points on this stream. Please be aware that segments of the stream are on private property where only angling is permitted.(2012)

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Parking Access
Catchable Trout Waters
Fingerling Stocked or Natural Reproduction
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  • annual 2019 - 2,874 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 6,405 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2018 - 2,700 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2018 - 6,383 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 2,085 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 6,915 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 1,005 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 7,796 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 1,334 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 7,698 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 1,683 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 6,807 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 1,518 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 6,729 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 823 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 7,540 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 238 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 8,783 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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