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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 have stabilized at slightly higher levels and are expected to remain that way over the next week. Water temps are hovering near 40 degrees. Stable water levels should help with fishing success. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire 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 6 /possession 12.
    Black Crappie - Good: Fish minnows under a bobber in 6-8 feet of water in the backwaters.
    Bluegill - Good: Bluegills should be in overwintering locations. Fish slow with a small piece of worm just off the bottom along weed-beds.
    Guttenberg tailwater level has dropped to 8 feet and expected to stabilize near this level over the next week. Water temperature is 40 degrees at the dam.
    Largemouth Bass - Good: As water temps cool slow presentations down for bass in backwater lakes
    Sauger - Good: Vertical jigging with jigs in tailwaters of lock and dam has been effective.
    Walleye - Good: Fish jigging spoons or jig tipped with a minnow in tailwaters of lock and dams.
    Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish jig and minnow along the brush piles and weed edge-lines in slack water off of side channels and sloughs.
    Northern Pike - Good: Northern are on the feed in shallow backwaters later afternoon as the water warms up.
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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)
    • 05/13/2010 - 500 Largemouth Bass (5.3")
    • 04/01/2010 - 25,000 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.