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Pool 12, Mississippi River

General Information

County: Jackson
Location: Between Dubuque and Bellevue, Iowa
Acres: 12349.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: In a few selected places no wake and no motor

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Pool 12, Mississippi River include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
Water temperature is still in the lower 60's in the main channel. Water clarity is good. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.
The water level is expected to recede this week. Water levels are currently 7.1 feet at the Lock and Dam and 9.0 feet at the RR bridge. The water temperature is around 63 degrees. Water clarity is good but lots of flowing algae is hindering fishing at times.
Bluegill - Good: Lots of bluegills are now being found in backwater areas. Fish in shallow sun soaked backwater areas in 1 to 4 feet of water.
Channel Catfish - Good: The catfishing has started on the Mississippi with most anglers using worms or cut bait.
Largemouth Bass - Good: The bass bite is on in the backwaters. The fish are aggressive and hitting on most spinner baits. Fish the shallow sun and wind soaked backwater areas.
Northern Pike - Good: Cast gaudy spinner baits along vegetation lines in the backwater areas.
Walleye - Slow: Generally a slow Spring season for walleyes although the population structure of walleyes looks sound. They just did not bite well.
Yellow Perch - Fair: A few yellow perch are being reported incidentally by anglers catching Bluegills.
Black Crappie - Slow: The cool weather seemed to set back the crappie movement into the shallow waters to spawn. Expect them to move into shallows this upcoming week.
Bowfin - Excellent: Bowfin are super aggressive right now and can be caught on spinners or even worms in backwater areas. These fish offer and excellent fighting fish.
Water temperature is in the mid 60's in the main channel. Water clarity is good. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.
The water level is expected to recede this week. Water levels are currently 5.9 feet at the Lock and Dam and 8.4 feet at the RR bridge. The water temperature is around 64 degrees. Water clarity is good but lots of flowing algae is hindering fishing at times.
Walleye - Slow: Generally a slow Spring season for walleyes although the population structure of walleyes looks sound. Try crank baits around exposed wingdams.
Largemouth Bass - Excellent: The bass bite is on in the backwaters. The fish are aggressive and hitting on most spinner baits. Fish the shallow sun and wind soaked backwater areas.
Northern Pike - Good: Cast gaudy spinner baits along vegetation lines in the backwater areas.
Yellow Perch - Fair: A few yellow perch are being reported incidentally by anglers catching Bluegills.
Bluegill - Good: Lots of bluegills are now being found in backwater areas. Fish in shallow sun soaked backwater areas in 1 to 4 feet of water.
Channel Catfish - Good: The catfishing has started on the Mississippi with most anglers using worms or cut bait.
Black Crappie - Slow: The cool weather seemed to set back the crappie movement into the shallow waters to spawn. Expect them to move into shallows this upcoming week.
Bowfin - Excellent: Bowfin are super aggressive right now and can be caught on spinners or even worms in backwater areas. These fish offer and excellent fighting fish.
Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing.
White Crappie - Slow:
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  • 05/01/2018 - 50,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/20/2011 - 7,166 Northern Pike (3.0")
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:
  • 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.
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Fishery is in good shape. Excellent spawn of yellow perch and walleye in 2015 bode well for the future. Lots of nice crappies up to 13 inches were caught in the fall. Northern pike numbers were very high and a substantial fishery for this species developed. Largemouth and smallmouth bass support excellent numbers and should provide a quality fishery for years to come. The Sunfish Lake habitat restoration project is complete and should provide quality angling well into the future. The next major restoration work with begin in Tippy's Lake and Stone Lake. (2016)
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