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

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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 levels have changed dramatically this week due to substantial rains in the watershed. The river also turned somewhat turbid due to runoff into our tributary streams. The water temps are near 80 degrees throughout the district and water levels are stable. If you have angling questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.
Water levels are currently at 5.8 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 8.5 feet at the RR bridge. Water levels are receding, and the temperature is around 79 degrees. Lots of mixed bags reported with many species contributing. The water is clearing up after massive rains this week.
Bluegill - Good: Fish around rock lines and behind fallen trees using a simple bobber and worm.
Northern Pike - Good: Some nice pike are now being reported on spinner baits. Fish are located often along the established vegetation lines. Try gaudy white spinner baits for the best success.
Black Crappie - Good: Both Black and White Crappie are being caught on woody structures in larger side channel areas with most anglers using small jigs or minnows.
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfish angling is still very good but moving to post spawn. Many anglers switch over to stink baits in larger sloughs and mud flats.
Flathead Catfish - Good: Banklines are popular with most anglers using live bullheads or small carp for bait.
Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are being taken in areas of moderate current using an egg sinker and worm rig. Keep drum on ice if plan on eating them and they can be very good table fare.
Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass of all sizes are being reported mostly from backwater areas on spinner baits and swim baits. Fish are often found along weed lines.
Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish along rock lines with moderate current using a spinner or crankbait. Most of the smallies are small but bigger fish can be caught on bigger crankbaits.
Walleye - Good: The bite for walleyes seems to be up and down. At times they seem to be feeding heavily and then later other anglers complain they cannot find them at all. Changing water levels really negatively affects walleye angling
White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught on white spinners or jigs. Look for schools of white bass chasing minnows especially near sandy areas.
Water levels are receding throughout the district. The water temps are in upper 70's and the clarity is good. If you have angling questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.
Water levels are currently at 5.4 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 8.0 feet at the RR bridge. Water levels are receding, and the temperature is around 77 degrees. All season long, mixed bags reported with many species contributing.
Northern Pike - Good: Some nice pike are now being reported on spinner baits. Fish are located often along the established vegetation lines. Try gaudy white spinner baits for the best success.
Bluegill - Good: Fish around rock lines and behind fallen trees using a simple bobber and worm.
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Many anglers switch over to stink baits in larger sloughs and mud flats.
Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are being taken in areas of moderate current using an egg sinker and worm rig. Keep drum on ice if plan on eating them and they can be very good table fare.
Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass of all sizes are being reported mostly from backwater areas on spinner baits and swim baits. Fish are often found along weed lines.
Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish along rock lines with moderate current using a spinner or crankbait. Most of the smallies are small but bigger fish can be caught on bigger crankbaits.
Flathead Catfish - Good: Banklines are popular with most anglers using live bullheads or small carp for bait.
White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught on white spinners or jigs. Look for schools of white bass chasing minnows especially near sandy areas.
Black Crappie - Good: Both Black and White Crappie are being caught on woody structures in larger side channel areas with most anglers using small jigs or minnows.
Walleye - Good: The bite for walleyes seems to be up and down. At times they seem to be feeding heavily and then later other anglers complain they cannot find them at all. Changing water levels really negatively affects walleye angling
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  • 05/01/2018 - 50,000 Walleye (Fry)
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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