Mississippi River Pool Details

Pool 13, Mississippi River

General Information

Location: Between Bellevue and Clinton, Iowa. Pool 13 Starts at River Mile 556.7
Acres: 28117.00
Motoring Restrictions:

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Amenities

Amenities at Pool 13, Mississippi River include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
  • Accessible Shoreline
Water levels are high but receding and we are out of flood stages throughout the district. Boat ramps are getting back in working order. Water clarity is getting better but may be turbid. Some debris floating in channel. If you have any angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976.
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Especially in flooding conditions most fish tend to be near bank utilizing food washing into the system. Try stinkbait or worms near shore.
Freshwater Drum - Excellent: The drum bite is on. Fish worms with an egg sinker in moderate current areas. Fish near the shorelines if possible.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Both largemouth and smallmouth are now again being caught. Most are feeding along the flooding edge. Use a bright colored spinner in the turbid water.
Water level at Bellevue is presently at 12.9 feet and receding. Expect a one foot drop in levels this upcoming week. Most smaller boat ramps have debris on them but are usable. The north ramp at Sabula is not in use this year due to bridge construction. The water is turbid but clearing up and the channel water temperature is around 81 degrees.
Water levels are high but receding slowly and we are out of flood stages throughout the district. Boat ramps are getting back in working order but some are still under water. Water clarity is fair. If you have any angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976.
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Especially in flooding conditions most fish tend to be near bank utilizing food washing into the system. Try stinkbait or worms near shore.
Freshwater Drum - Excellent: The drum bite is on. Fish worms with an egg sinker in moderate current areas. Fish near the shorelines if possible.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Both largemouth and smallmouth are now again being caught. Most are feeding along the flooding edge. Use a bright colored spinner in the turbid water.
Water level at Bellevue is presently near 12.5 feet and receding. Expect a slow drop in levels this upcoming week. Smaller boat ramps still have water and debris on them. The north ramp at Sabula is not in use this year due to bridge construction. The water is turbid but clearing up and the channel water temperature is around 81 degrees.
White Bass - Good: Look for feeding schools of white bass in the morning and evening hours. Small spinners and white jigs work best.
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  • 04/09/2015 - 150,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 04/09/2015 - 250,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 03/26/2012 - 75,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • July 2011 - 70,486 Walleye (3")
  • annual 2010 - 62,558 Walleye (2"-6")
  • 10/14/2010 - 14,952 Black Crappie (1.7")
  • 10/14/2010 - 47,820 Fathead Minnow (1.5")
  • 10/14/2010 - 7,196 Yellow Perch (3.2")
  • 04/01/2010 - 200,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 04/06/2009 - 75,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • July 2008 - 50,191 Walleye (2.0")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined bluegill and pumpkinseed, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined bluegill and pumpkinseed, 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Associated chutes and backwaters of border rivers are included where intermittent or constant flow occur
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined bluegill and pumpkinseed, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined bluegill and pumpkinseed, 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Associated chutes and backwaters of border rivers are included where intermittent or constant flow occur
  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Flathead Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Freshwater Drum
    • 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.
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 10 fish
    • Length Limit: 14-inch minimum
    • Other: Associated chutes and backwaters of border rivers are included where intermittent or constant flow occur
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Sauger
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 6 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 12 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum length limit; all walleye from 20 to 27-inches must be immediately released alive
    • Other: No more than one walleye longer than 27 inches may be taken per day on these pools
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 10 fish
    • Length Limit: 14-inch minimum
    • Other: Associated chutes and backwaters of border rivers are included where intermittent or constant flow occur
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 6 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 12 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum length limit; all walleye from 20 to 27-inches must be immediately released alive
    • Other: No more than one walleye longer than 27 inches may be taken per day on these pools
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined yellow and white bass, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined yellow and white bass, 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Associated chutes and backwaters of the Mississippi River are included where intermittent or constant flow occur. In these areas, the daily bag and possession limit for the Mississippi River apply.
Excellent Fishery! Good populations of Black Crappie were reported this fall, surveys indicated an excellent reproduction of yellow perch, and walleye. In fact walleye spawn may be the largest we have ever recorded. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass fisheries are going well and often the target of major fishing tournaments circuits. Channel catfish and freshwater drum also provide a strong viable fishery. (2016)

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Water Quality

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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