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Pool 13, Mississippi River

General Information

County: Clinton
Location: Between Bellevue and Clinton, Iowa. Pool 13 Starts at River Mile 556.7
Acres: 28117.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Pool 13, Mississippi River include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
  • Accessible Shoreline
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.
Bluegill - Excellent: Lots of bluegills are now being found in backwater areas. Fish in shallow sun soaked backwater areas in 1 to 4 feet of water.
Bowfin - Excellent: Bowfish are readily being taken in backwater areas on small spinners or worms. They are a hard fighting fish and can be real fun to catch.
Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are being taken on worms or cut baits in near shore moderate current areas.
Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Catch as many drum as you want in near shore tailwater areas using an egg sinker and worm rig.
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: Use gaudy white spinners for the best success. Best spots to try are located in Crooked Slough, South Sabula Lake, Spring Lake and near Mickelson Landing.
Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.
The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is receding and presently is at 7.5 feet. Water temperature is around 63 degrees in main channel and the water clarity is good. All boat ramps are open and in good condition to launch.
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: Perch are being reported by anglers who are catching bluegills.
Black Crappie - Slow: Crappie moved out of the shallows after the weeks cool temperatures. Expect crappie to move into the shallows this week if temps warm up.
Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Fishing along rock lines with moderate current is usually the best method to catch smallmouth bass.
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.
Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.
The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is receding and presently is at 6.5 feet. Water temperature is around 64 degrees in main channel and the water clarity is good. All boat ramps are open and in good condition to launch.
Northern Pike - Good: Use gaudy white spinners for the best success. Best spots to try are located in Crooked Slough, South Sabula Lake, Spring Lake and near Mickelson Landing.
Walleye - Slow: Generally a slow Spring season for walleyes although the population structure of walleyes looks sound. Try throwing crankbaits around newly exposed wingdams.
Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch are being reported by anglers who are catching bluegills.
Bluegill - Excellent: Lots of bluegills are now being found in backwater areas. Fish in shallow sun soaked backwater areas in 1 to 4 feet of water.
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.
Bowfin - Excellent: Bowfish are readily being taken in backwater areas on small spinners or worms. They are a hard fighting fish and can be real fun to catch.
Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are being taken on worms or cut baits in near shore moderate current areas.
Black Crappie - Slow: Crappie moved out of the shallows after the weeks cool temperatures. Expect crappie to move into the shallows this week if temps warm up.
Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Catch as many drum as you want in near shore tailwater areas using an egg sinker and worm rig.
Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fishing along rock lines with moderate current is usually the best method to catch smallmouth bass.
White Crappie - Slow:
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  • 05/01/2018 - 150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/09/2015 - 150,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 04/09/2015 - 250,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 03/26/2012 - 75,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • July 2011 - 70,486 Walleye (3")
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:
  • 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
  • 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.
Excellent Fishery! Good populations of Black Crappie were reported this fall, surveys indicated an excellent reproduction of yellow perch, and walleye. In fact walleye spawn may be the largest we have ever recorded. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass fisheries are going well and often the target of major fishing tournaments circuits. Channel catfish and freshwater drum also provide a strong viable fishery. (2016)
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