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
Lots of fishing reported this week and conditions for fishing on the river are good. Water levels are are slightly rising and water temps are in the mid to upper 60's throughout the district. If you have angling questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Management Station at 563-880-8781.
The water level at the Bellevue Lock is rising and currently near 12.2 feet. The water temperature is around 65 degrees. Boat ramps are all open, but some debris is floating due to higher water. The Bellevue DNR ramp is experiencing some minor flooding. The Lock and dam gates are still open.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Now is your final opportunity to fish the Bellevue Kids pond until this fall. Some trout remain in the pond but it will soon be covered in vegetation and be unfishable.
Yellow Perch - Good: The bite has been good at times with most anglers using worms for bait.
Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.
Sauger - Slow: The bite has been somewhat slow but some nice fish were reported last week.
Bluegill - Good: Try a simple bobber and worm in the Sabula area backwaters.
Northern Pike - No Report: Pike should start biting on the sunny days. Use gaudy white spinners for best action.
White Crappie - Good: Use small minnows in brush piles in backwater areas. The fish will be shallow in one to three feet.
Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of drum are taken in areas of moderate current using a egg sinker and worm rig. Keep fish on ice if plan on eating them and they can be very good table fare.
White Bass - Fair: Small white bass have been reported in the tailwater area with anglers using small white jigs or spinners.
Channel Catfish - Good: The channel cat bite has really started with most anglers using prepared catfish baits or cut shad.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Really nice bass are being caught once again in the Spring Lake area but other places in the pool are producing bass of all sizes. Most anglers using spinner baits or swim baits.
River is slightly high but the water has been fairly clear and lots of fishing opportunities are available. Water levels are are rising and water temps are in the the lower 60's throughout the district. If you have angling questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Management Station at 563-880-8781.
The water level at the Bellevue Lock is rising and currently near 13.7 feet. The water temperature is around 62 degrees. Boat ramps are all open, but some debris is floating due to higher water. The Bellevue DNR ramp is experiencing some minor flooding. The Lock and dam gates are still open.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Now is your final opportunity to fish the Bellevue Kids pond until this fall. Some trout remain in the pond but it is beginning to be covered in vegetation and will be unfishable. Windy days are now the best to fish as the floating vegetation will blow to one end of pond.
Yellow Perch - Good: The bite has been good at times with most anglers using worms for bait.
Walleye - Fair: The bite has been somewhat slow but seems to be picking up lately. Anglers are often targeting larger sloughs with crankbaits.
Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.
Bluegill - Good: Try a simple bobber and worm in the Sabula area backwaters.
Northern Pike - Good: Use gaudy white spinners for best action.
Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of drum are taken in areas of moderate current using a egg sinker and worm rig. Keep fish on ice if plan on eating them and they can be very good table fare.
White Crappie - Fair: Use small minnows in brush piles in backwater areas. The fish will be shallow in one to three feet. The bite seems to be tailing off as of late but some very nice fish were found this spring.
Channel Catfish - Good: The channel cat bite has really started with most anglers using prepared catfish baits or cut shad.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Really nice bass are being caught once again in the Spring Lake area but other places in the pool are producing bass of all sizes. Most anglers using spinner baits or swim baits.
White Bass - Fair: Small white bass have been reported in the tailwater area with anglers using small white jigs or spinners.
Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish spinners or crankbaits along rock lines.
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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)
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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