Stream Details

Joy Springs

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: South on Alpha Ave, off Highway 3 about 3 miles west of Strawberry Point in Joy Springs County Park.
Stream Segment Length: 0.80

Amenities

Amenities at Joy Springs include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Camping

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Trout streams are in excellent condition. Look for sporadic midge hatches on warmer days. For these hatches, try using #18 or 20 emergers or nymphs with a #22 or #24 drop hook gnarly midge. Use more streamers or scuds as prey availability has changed and fish are looking for something meatier. Anglers using minnows and dark flashy hair jigs will catch fish.
Brook Trout - Good: Water clarity is excellent so watch your shadow on clear sunny days. Anglers may want to use larger jigs or streamers that imitate minnows or small trout.
Brown Trout - Fair: Sny Magill and North Cedar Fish and Wildlife areas were the first private lands purchased for the purpose of trout stream management open to the public, according to the 1975 Job Completion Report by Fisheries Management Section to the State Conservation Commission.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Larger rainbows are moving upstream in preparation for spawning. Try using baits imitating minnows and small trout.

Fishing Summary

Joy Springs is stocked with catchable brook and rainbow trout from April - October. The Upper Maquoketa River (Joy Springs) also has stream-reared brown trout. Primitive camping is allowed on this county park area along with a picnic shelter.(2015)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2013 - 1,475 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 5,425 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 1,375 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 6,430 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 1,880 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 5,795 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 780 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 5,862 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2009 - 400 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2009 - 7,976 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 1,534 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 5,315 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 955 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 7,889 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 1,885 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 650 Brown Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 6,940 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)

Regulations

The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Brook 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
  • 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
  • Green sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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.

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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