Stream Details

Paint Creek

General Information

County: Allamakee
Location: Located in Yellow River State Forest, 3 miles west of Harpers Ferry off of State Forest Road or CR B25.
Stream Segment Length: 11.00

Amenities

Amenities at Paint Creek include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Good: For stained water, try using a streamer or minnow imitation.
Brown Trout - Good: A nice variety of insects have been hatching in the evenings. Try using a #18 blue wing olive or #14 or #16 caddis fly imitation. Strong midges hatches have also been occurring.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Remember, a few of our streams are not stocked in July and August as these streams tend to get too warm for cold water fish. Please refer to our calendar and map to find out which ones. Spin fishers might try using spinners or worms for success.
Trout streams with better watersheds are fishable but flows are up. Trout anglers be aware! Wild Parsnip is still blooming. Take care when walking through this weed when getting to your favorite stream. Don't let it touch your skin. It reacts with the sun and causes horrible blisters.

Fishing Summary

Paint is stocked weekly from April through October with catchable 10-12 inch brook and rainbow trout and also provides opportunities for wild brown trout. It is an unannounced stocking. Sampling data from 2009 indicated 136 French Creek strain brown trout per mile with fish up to 19 inches collected. This is not an estimated population and actual trout numbers will be higher. Bank access is easy and universally accessible at Kolsrud Park on the west edge of Waterville. A portion of Paint is located in the Yellow River State Forest where there are non-electric campsites, restrooms and miles of trails of all levels of difficulty located within the park. (2012)

Stream Maps

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Popular Fish Species in this Stream

Fish Stocking

  • annual 2015 - 1,475 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2014 - 2,082 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2014 - 6,297 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 1,135 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2013 - 7,475 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 1,280 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2012 - 8,398 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 900 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2011 - 8,881 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 300 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2010 - 6,569 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2009 - 8,917 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 300 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2008 - 5,650 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 782 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2007 - 7,094 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 620 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • annual 2006 - 6,494 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
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 12-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • 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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