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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

Amenities at Paint Creek include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
Trout streams are low with improving clarity. Catchable trout stream stocking in full swing. Streams are stocked each week but will be unannounced again this year due to COVID 19 precautions. No calendar will be available. Hatchery grounds are open. Please observe current social distancing and mask rules when visiting. Fourth season turkey hunting is open ending May 16. Remember to wear bright clothing when fishing.
Brook Trout - Good: Excellent hatches of blue-winged olives, caddis flies, midges, and stoneflies. On sunny days, fish these hatches. Eleven streams have naturally reproducing populations with public access. Go to https://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing to find out where.
Brown Trout - Good: Off color water from rainfall events will spur a brownie bite. Fish weed edges, ledges, and heads of pools using pheasant tail nymphs with a small midge or scud dropper.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: With clear water, best fishing on cloudy days. Use light weight spinning rod and reels for some fun action. Use a small hook or light jig head with cheese, worms, or plastic tail.

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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Fingerling Stocked or Natural Reproduction
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  • annual 2019 - 11,680 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • 07/24/2019 - 31,613 Rainbow Trout (3.8)
  • 01/16/2019 - 2,956 Rainbow Trout (6.2)
  • annual 2018 - 8,480 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 2,305 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 9,875 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 1,170 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2016 - 9,620 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 5/16/16 - 3,038 Rainbow Trout (10")
  • annual 2015 - 1,475 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 2,082 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 6,297 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 1,135 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2013 - 7,475 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 1,280 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2012 - 8,398 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 900 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2011 - 8,881 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
  • 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.
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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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