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 back up in the lower 80's. The water is receding in most areas and the clarity is good. 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.
The water level is expected to recede this week. Water levels are currently 5.3 feet at the Lock and Dam and 7.9 feet at the RR bridge. Be careful boating as many obstructions are now present in the Mississippi due to low water. 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. The water temperature is back up to around 80 degrees. Water clarity is good.
Walleye - Fair: When water has cooled the walleye bite seems to pick up. Fish crankbaits on the wingdams.
Black Crappie - Good: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow.
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved out of the backwaters and are along channel edges and the inside parts of wingdams.
Channel Catfish - Good: Try targeting wingdams and rock lines along the main channel for channel cats. Move often if they do not hit quickly.
Flathead Catfish - Good: Smaller flathead catfish are being caught in the tailwaters and on the wingdams. Most anglers are catching them on jigs or crankbaits.
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. You will catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait.
Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Due to the low water the bass have moved to the opening of major backwater complexes. Try to find deeper water in sloughs near the backwaters and you will find largemouth bass stacked up.
Northern Pike - Good: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water.
Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try fishing along rock lines or day markers with strong current for the best success.
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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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