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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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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.