Maquoketa River (below Monticello)

General Information

County: Jackson
Location:
Acres: 82.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Bellevue State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Maquoketa River (below Monticello) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
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  • 5/26/16 - 33,539 Walleye (Fingerling)
  • 05/29/2015 - 6,688 Walleye (2")
  • 05/28/2014 - 37,960 Walleye (2")
  • 05/24/2013 - 35,300 Walleye (1.3")
  • 05/23/2012 - 12,400 Walleye (1.2")
  • 06/02/2011 - 22,320 Walleye (1.4")
  • 05/31/2011 - 12,400 Walleye (1.4")
  • 05/25/2010 - 19,440 Walleye (1.3")
  • 04/22/2010 - 100 Walleye (5.5")
  • 05/28/2009 - 12,400 Walleye (1.3")
  • 05/28/2009 - 22,320 Walleye (1.3")
  • 06/06/2008 - 8,556 Walleye (1.6")
  • 06/06/2008 - 11,200 Walleye (1.6")
  • 06/07/2007 - 22,000 Walleye (1.6")
  • 05/24/2007 - 12,500 Walleye (1.3")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 15 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Flathead Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 15 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Sauger
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Shovelnose sturgeon
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
This eighty mile stretch of river offers many carry-down type of accesses and five hard surface boat ramps located at Pictured Rocks Park, Joinerville Park, Maquoketa City Access, Spragueville Access and Maquoketa River Access. The upper section of this segment is more accessible by canoe or a small jon boat and motor. Below the Spragueville access and downstream the river is large enough to fish from medium to large fishing boats during normal water levels. Fisheries surveys in 2015 on the lower Maquoketa River above the Spragueville Access found species such as walleye, sauger, shovelnose sturgeon, smallmouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish.(2015)

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Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

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