Pool 15, Mississippi River

General Information

County: Scott
Location: Between Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island Illinois. Starts at River Mile 482.9
Acres: 3626.90
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Pool 15, Mississippi River include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
Water temperature is back up in the lower 80's. The water is rising in most areas and the clarity is stained in most areas. River levels remain low so please take caution when boating as many obstructions are now present. Also it is easy to back your trailer off the ends of ramps at these levels. Try to put the trailer in the minimum water needed to float boat. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.
Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing wingdams or rock lines along the main channel. Most cat anglers are use stink bait this time of year. Move often if you are not catching fish.
Flathead Catfish - Good: Flatheads can be caught on live bait such as green sunfish or small bullhead. Try using jigging spoons in the tailwater areas as well.
Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait.
Smallmouth Bass - Good: Find areas with strong current along rocky shorelines and that is where you will find Mississippi River Smallmouth Bass.
The water level at Rock Island is rising and is presently at 4.5 feet. The water temperature his near 81 degrees and water clarity is good. Water level is low so please be cautious when boating as many obstructions are present. Also be careful not to back off the ends of any ramp. Use the minimum amount of water necessary to float boat off the trailer.
Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - No Report: For Wipers try a shiny spoon or spinner in the tailwater pocket.
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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
  • 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.
Pool 15 is one of the shortest pools on the Mississippi River. It is not blessed with many backwater areas like the pools to the north or south of it, but some fine channel species of fishes can be regularly caught. Channel and flathead catfish populations are doing well. Freshwater drum is an usual catch on most stringers. In some years white bass do real well in the pool both in the tailwater and the LeClaire Channel at the bottom of the pool. Some smallmouth can be found at the delta area of Crow Creek. (2016)
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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.