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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)
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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.