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Stream Details

Joy Springs

General Information

County: Clayton
Location: South on Alpha Ave, off Highway 3 about 3 miles west of Strawberry Point in Joy Springs County Park.
Stream Segment Length: 0.80

Amenities

Amenities at Joy Springs include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Camping
Water levels currently elevated at most locations and muddy. Streams with better water quality should clear by the weekend. Use care when wading streams with elevated flows.
Brook Trout - Slow: Wait for water to clear for better chance at catching one of these beauties. Good hatches of gnats, mayflies, caddis flies, and midges.
Brown Trout - Fair: Fish near or around logs or undercut banks. Spinner baits work well. Also try using streamers on larger waterbodies for some exciting action. Brown trout like cloudy water.
Rainbow Trout - Fair: Use spinner baits, hair jigs, or hooks tipped with a small piece of worm, bread, or cheese floated through deeper holes.

Joy Springs is stocked with catchable rainbow trout from April - October. The Upper Maquoketa River (Joy Springs) also has stream-reared brown trout. A recent fish habitat project was completed in the late fall of 2021. Primitive camping is allowed on this county park area along with a picnic shelter.(2022)

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Fingerling Stocked or Natural Reproduction
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    No known aquatic invasive species have been found
  • Annual 2022 - 8,018 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • 11/28/22 - 2,504 Rainbow Trout (9)
  • Annual 2021 - 7,953 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Annual 2020 - 7,478 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • annual 2019 - 2,922 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 4,780 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2018 - 1,945 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2018 - 4,933 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 2,097 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 5,643 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 1,345 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 7,158 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 1,744 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 6,165 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 1,400 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 5,530 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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
  • 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.
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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.

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