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:

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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 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.
Bluegill - Excellent: Try a simple bobber and worm rigs along rock lines or near fallen trees in larger sloughs.
Northern Pike - Good: Use gaudy white spinners for best action.
Rainbow Trout - No Report: The Kids Trout Pond is unfishable right now due to excessive vegetation. The pond will be restocked in later fall with trout.
The water level at the Bellevue Lock is currently near 6.6 feet and falling. The water temperature is around 80 degrees. Lots of mixed species' bags being reported. Some debris is floating due to the recent raise in water level.
Walleye - Good: Good numbers are now coming off the wingdams with anglers using crankbaits or worm rigs. Some good fishing reported but changing water levels seem to affect the bite of walleye more than most species.
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: Try to switch over to stink baits for post spawn channel cats. Channel Cats seem to be in the deeper holes during this low water.
Flathead Catfish - Good: Many anglers are using bank poles and a live bullhead or Green Sunfish for bait.
Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are being are 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: The Bass bite is very hot right now. They are heavily feeding on minnows in side channels and rock lines.
Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish spinners or crankbaits along rock lines. Some really nice three-pound type smallmouth have been reported but most are small but fun on light action poles.
White Bass - Good: White bass have been seen feeding at the surface in various parts of Pool 13. Try to use white jigs and small spinners in these feeding schools.
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.
The water level at the Bellevue Lock is currently near 5.5 feet and falling. The water temperature is around 78 degrees. All year we have lots of mixed species' bags being reported.
Rainbow Trout - No Report: The Kids Trout Pond is unfishable right now due to excessive vegetation. The pond will be restocked in later fall with trout.
Northern Pike - Good: Use gaudy white spinners for best action.
Walleye - Good: Good numbers are now coming off the wingdams with anglers using crankbaits or worm rigs. Some good fishing reported but changing water levels seem to affect the bite of walleye more than most species.
Bluegill - Excellent: Try a simple bobber and worm rigs along rock lines or near fallen trees in larger sloughs.
Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are being are 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.
White Bass - Good: White bass have been seen feeding at the surface in various parts of Pool 13. Try to use white jigs and small spinners in these feeding schools.
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Stink baits seem to be working best for cats.
Largemouth Bass - Excellent: The Bass bite is very hot right now. They are heavily feeding on minnows in side channels and rock lines.
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.
Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish very close to rock in stronger current areas.
Flathead Catfish - Good: Many anglers are using bank poles and a live bullhead or Green Sunfish for bait.
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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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