This isn't totally new news... but it's interesting, nonetheless.
when I fished bear creek back in March, I found it to be small, tight conditions and the fishing to be active, but with smaller brookies than on other streams.
Also access to the stream is difficult, either you go in from the very bottom and then you really have no other option than to go back the way you came. The map itself doesn't do justice to how far above the stream the trail is until you get to the crossing much higher up.
The stream itself is pretty rhodo choked in most places.
If I were going for a slam, this isn't where I would focus my efforts, especially given the amount of time and energy it takes to get to this area.