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Pool 11, Mississippi River

General Information

County: Dubuque
Location: River Mile 583 at Dubuque, IA upstream to River Mile 615 at Guttenberg, IA.
Acres: 19875.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Pool 11, Mississippi River include:
    Upper Mississippi River levels at Pools 9 -11 crested last week and continue to gradually fall. Water temps are upper 70's to 80. Many public boat ramps remain closed. Use caution for those ramps that are opening as they will have some mud and flood debris. Shoreline fishing has been good. Use caution when fishing from shore due to submerged hazards and current.
    Sauger - Fair: Sauger are biting on a minnow rig fished just off the bottom.
    Walleye - Slow: Tailwater fishing has tapered off. Fish jigs tipped with a minnow or crawlers on three-way rigs along side channel or closing dams.
    Water level at Guttenberg is at 14.6 feet in the tailwaters and is expected to fall to 12 feet next week. Guttenberg City ramp, Turkey River and Mud Lake ramps still have some water and flood debris. Please avoid until crews have time to clear them. Anglers have been catching some panfish from the parking lots.
    Yellow Perch - Slow: Perch are biting on live minnows and crawlers along weed-lines in about 6 feet of water.
    Black Crappie - Good: Fish the flooded timber as the river rises using light tackle. Anglers have been having luck on minnows.
    Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegill are moved off spawning beds into deeper water. Use light tackle on flooded shorelines and weed beds.
    Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish anglers have been catching a few channel cats this week on crawlers or cut-bait
    Flathead Catfish - Good: Look for the flathead to go on the feed after the spawn. Fish live bluegill or shiners in the tailwater.
    Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a piece of crawler off the bottom along main channel and side channel current.
    Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast frog baits along weed edges in upper portions of backwaters
    Northern Pike - Good: Fish the shallows along weed beds in backwater lakes.
    Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth are biting in areas with moderate current. Cast spinners and crankbaits along main channel rock shorelines.
    White Bass - Good: Throw inline spinners along current breaks for white bass action. Watch for schools of minnows jumping as white bass are feeding.
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    • 04/10/2015 - 50,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
    • 04/09/2015 - 50,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
    • 04/18/2014 - 115,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
    • Bighead Carp
    • Brittle Naiad
    • Eurasian Watermilfoil
    • Flowering Rush
    • Largemouth Bass Virus
    • Silver Carp
    • Zebra Mussel
    The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

    • Black Bullhead
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
      • Possession Limit: unlimited
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other:
    • 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. If you possess an Iowa fishing license (but not Wisconsin), you can only fish in the waters of the Mississippi River lying between the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad tracks on the Iowa side of the river and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad tracks on the Wisconsin side of the river.
    • 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. If you possess an Iowa fishing license (but not Wisconsin), you can only fish in the waters of the Mississippi River lying between the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad tracks on the Iowa side of the river and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad tracks on the Wisconsin side of the river.
    • Brown Bullhead
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
      • Possession Limit: unlimited
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other:
    • 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. If you possess an Iowa fishing license (but not Wisconsin), you can only fish in the waters of the Mississippi River lying between the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad tracks on the Iowa side of the river and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad tracks on the Wisconsin side of the river.
    • Northern Pike
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: 5 fish
      • Possession Limit: 10 fish
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other:
    • Pumpkinseed
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: combined bluegill and pumpkinseed, 25 fish
      • Possession Limit: combined bluegill and pumpkinseed, 50 fish
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other:
    • 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. If you possess an Iowa fishing license (but not Wisconsin), you can only fish in the waters of the Mississippi River lying between the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad tracks on the Iowa side of the river and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad tracks on the Wisconsin side of the river.
    • 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 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. If you possess an Iowa fishing license (but not Wisconsin), you can only fish in the waters of the Mississippi River lying between the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad tracks on the Iowa side of the river and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad tracks on the Wisconsin side of the river.
    • Yellow Perch
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
      • Possession Limit: 50 fish
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other:
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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.