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Mississippi River - Pool 9


Pool 9 Map

Pool 9 of the Upper Mississippi River extends 31.3 miles from Lock and Dam 9 in Lynxville, Wisconsin to Lock and Dam 8 near Genoa, Wisconsin. The Iowa border is just above New Albin, Iowa approximately six miles downstream of Lock and Dam 8. Pool 9 contains 35,169 acres of aquatic habitat. The upper and middle portions of the pool contain many islands, channels, and backwaters while the lower pool is a broad expanse of open water.  Pool 9 encompasses most of the natural river floodplain and is bounded by limestone bluffs. The Upper Iowa River enters the Mississippi River in Pool 9 south of New Albin. The Iowa DNR’s Pool Slough Wildlife Management Area is located in Pool 9 east of New Albin. Pool 9 is also part of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

Navigation maps are available from this US Army Corps of Engineers web site (link takes you offsite).

Fish

Major species: bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, freshwater drum, largemouth bass, northern pike, sauger, smallmouth bass , walleye

Minor species: flathead catfish, rock bass, white bass, yellow perch

Iowa - Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat

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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