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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 are expected to fall slightly then level off this week. Boaters are urged to use caution due to low water to avoid backing off end of ramps. Water temperature is near 80° this week. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Iowa border of the Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches must be immediately released. One walleye over 27 inches may be kept. Combined walleye/sauger daily limit is 6 and possesion 12.
    Black Crappie - Slow: Fish areas with moderate to slow current amongst the trees in backwaters for crappies. Look for them to move into warmer shallows as the temperature rises.
    Bluegill - Good: Fish in areas with little to no current using a small piece of worm under a slip bobber
    Channel Catfish - Good: Fish cut bait or a night crawler off the bottom in areas of moderate current in side channels.
    Northern Pike - Good: Fish for nothern pike in backwaters near springs or incoming streams as the water temperature rises.
    Sauger - No Report: Fishing below the lock & dams has slowed. Look for current breaks along side channel areas.
    Walleye - Fair: Fish are on the wingdams or look for current breaks along structure in side channel areas.
    Water level at Guttenberg 6.1 feet and is expected to fall slightly this week. Boaters are urged to use caution when backing trailers in due to shallow water conditions. Water temperature at the Guttenberg dam is 73 degrees.
    Yellow Perch - Slow: Look for perch hanging above vegetation from 4 to 12 feet of water with jig and a minnow or piece of worm.
    Flathead Catfish - Good: Some nice flatheads have been reported this week. Fish on the bottom in main channel using a sunfish or crawlers.
    Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum fishing is picking up in the main channel areas using a crawler fished off the bottom.
    Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth action is picking up with the warmer water temps. Fish the upper portion of backwater lakes with a flashy spinnerbait.
    Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish main channel rock piles along tips of islands with spinners or crankbaits.
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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)
    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
      • Other:
    • 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.