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

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

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 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)
  • annual 2006 - 2,021 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 13,309 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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