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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
Windy conditions hampered fishing last week and the water temperature dropped significantly. Water temps are now in the low 40's. Some aquatic vegetation is floating at times due to wind and it is hampering pulling crankbaits for walleye. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.
The water level is expected to hold steady this week. Water levels are currently 8.2 feet at the Lock and Dam and 10.5 feet at the RR bridge. The water temperature is around 42 and the water clarity is good.
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved into the deeper slack water backwaters. Fish in the upper ends of the backwater areas in the sunny warm waters.
Northern Pike - Good: Flashy spinners baits in eddy areas or along weed lines will take this toothy predator. They are still actively feeding shad in around 4 feet.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass can be found on wood in backwater areas. They are also found chasing shad in these vegetated backwaters. Gaudy white or green spinner baits are working the best. Slow way down in cold water temperatures.
Black Crappie - Good: Crappie are being taken out of brush piles and marina areas on small jigs and minnows. Anglers are moving from log pile to log pile with 2 or 3 fish being taken from each.
Walleye - Good: Walleyes are still being found on wingdams or tailwater by anglers pulling crankbaits. Some are using jigs now in the tailwater as well.
Favorable fishing conditions returned to the River and fishing improved greatly. Water temps are now in the low 40's. Some aquatic vegetation is floating at times due to wind and it is hampering pulling crankbaits for walleye. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.
The water level is expected to rise this week. Water levels are currently 7.6 feet at the Lock and Dam and 10.0 feet at the RR bridge. The water temperature is around 42 and the water clarity is good.
Bluegill - Good: Fish in the upper ends of the backwater areas in the sunny warm waters. Bluegills will be in shallow water finding the warmest sun soaked water possible this time of year.
Northern Pike - Excellent: Flashy spinners baits in eddy areas or along weed lines will take this toothy predator. They are still actively feeding shad in around 4 feet.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass can be found on wood in backwater areas. They are also found chasing shad in these vegetated backwaters. Gaudy white or green spinner baits are working the best. Slow way down in cold water temperatures.
Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are being taken out of brush piles and marina areas on small jigs and minnows. Anglers are moving from log pile to log pile with 2 or 3 fish being taken from each.
Walleye - Good: Most walleye and sauger angling is now taking place near the lock and dam in 15 to 30 feet of water. Jig and minnow is commonly used this time of year.
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  • 05/01/2018 - 50,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/20/2011 - 7,166 Northern Pike (3.0")
  • annual 2010 - 27,731 Walleye (2"-6")
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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