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

District-Wide Trout Stream Fishing Report

Brook Trout - Good: Brook trout are fall spawners also. Spawning usually takes place in October and November with fry emerging from the streambed in March and April.
Brown Trout - Good: Brown trout are beginning to build nests or redds. Please walk around these small cleared depressions in the stream bottom.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbow trout spawn in the spring, usually from March to May in riffles and gravel runs.
With temperatures finally cooling down, blue wing olive hatches will become more prevelant. For these hatches, try using #18 or 20 emergers or nymphs also try small pheasant tails or prince nymphs. Terrestrial patterns, such as crickets, hoppers and beetles will continue to work midday. Anglers using nightcrawlers, crankbaits and spinnerbaits will catch fish.

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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.