Stream Details

Little Paint

General Information

County: Allamakee
Location: Located in Yellow River State Forest, 3 miles west of Harpers Ferry just off of State Forest Road or CR B25.
Stream Segment Length: 3.00

Amenities

Amenities at Little Paint include:
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Good: Use mayfly or caddis fly imitations for the afternoon hatch.
Brown Trout - Good: A great time to fish for Brown Trout is when water turns off color from rainfall events. Try caddis fly and midge larvae imitations hatching off the water. Hatches have slowed with cooler temperatures. Try using leach or whooly buggers for more aggressive fish.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Fish rainbow trout in the head end of riffles. Try slowly pulling a black bead head fly with a light colored scud or midge dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water.
Streams conditions are improving after last weeks rain. Streams with better watersheds will clear quicker. Call 563-927-5736 for catchable trout stocking locations. Use jigs tipped with twistertails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler to catch a freshly stocked fish.

Fishing Summary

Little Paint is stocked weekly from April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout and also provides opportunities for wild brook and brown trout. It was last sampled in 2010 and at that time 97 French Creek strain brown trout per mile with fish up to 17 inches were collected. The upstream end of this creek, 0.5 mile above the last camping area, contains a small population of South Pine strain brook trout with spotty natural reproduction. When sampled in 2010, 164 brook trout per mile with fish up to 12 inches were collected. These are not estimated populations and actual trout numbers will be higher. Little Paint is located in the Yellow River State Forest. Bank access is easy with a small paved area for universal access. There are non-electric campsites, restrooms and miles of trails of all levels of difficulty located within the park. (2012)

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2015 - 1,575 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2015 - 9,775 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2014 - 2,431 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2014 - 8,726 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 1,260 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 9,564 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 1,225 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 11,749 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 994 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 12,594 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 751 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 11,903 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/25/2010 - 1,000 Brook Trout (2.5")
  • annual 2009 - 14,485 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 06/03/2009 - 2,000 Brook Trout (3.0")
  • annual 2008 - 650 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 13,300 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 1,581 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 13,079 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
  • 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

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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