Mississippi River Pool Details

Pool 14, Mississippi River

General Information

Location: Located between Clinton and Davenport, starts at River Mile 522.5
Acres: 10291.00
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Pool 14, Mississippi River include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
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.
Sauger - Fair: We recieved a few good reports of Walleye and Sauger being caught out of Pool 14 in some of the larger sloughs. Anglers were mainly using crank baits.
The water level at the Fulton Lock and Dam is rising and is presently at 11.5 feet, Camanche is at 14.0 feet and Le Claire is at 8.4 feet. Water temperature is around 66 in the main channel and clarity is good.
Yellow Perch - No Report: Lots of small perch are in the system and the future for yellow perch fishing looks bright in Pool 14. Often the tailwaters can be a great early spot for perch when the ice recedes.
Northern Pike - No Report: No reports on Pike but they are plentiful in Pool 14 and anglers fishing northerns or even crappies will run across them.
Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are on the bite throughout Pool 14, use a simple bobber and worm rig in three foot of water or less.
White Crappie - Good: Some Crappie are being taken in Marina areas around docks. A few reported around the fallen trees at Rock Creek.
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.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass of all sizes are being taken out of the larger backwater areas such as Sunfish Lake and the Rock Creek Complex.
Channel Catfish - Good: Use prepared cut bait or stink bait for best luck for channel cats. They are preparing to spawn and can be very vulnerable to angling right now.
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.
Northern Pike - No Report: No reports on Pike but they are plentiful in Pool 14 and anglers fishing northerns or even crappies will run across them.
Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.
The water level at the Fulton Lock and Dam is rising and is presently at 12.5 feet, Camanche is at 14.8 feet and Le Claire is at 8.8 feet. Water temperature is around 62 in the main channel and clarity is good.
Walleye - Good: Walleye angling has been picking up in the past few weeks with some very nice fish being reported. We have received several reports of fish that are above the slot limit being caught. Anglers were mainly using crank baits.
White Crappie - Good: Some Crappie are being taken in Marina areas around docks. A few reported around the fallen trees at Rock Creek.
Yellow Perch - Good: Lots of small perch are in the system and the future for yellow perch fishing looks bright in Pool 14. Yellow perch are often caught by anglers fishing bluegills and crappies.
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are on the bite throughout Pool 14, use a simple bobber and worm rig in three foot of water or less.
Channel Catfish - Good: Use prepared cut bait or stink bait for best luck for channel cats. They are preparing to spawn and can be very vulnerable to angling right now.
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.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass of all sizes are being taken out of the larger backwater areas such as Sunfish Lake and the Rock Creek Complex.
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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
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Pumpkinseed
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined bluegill and pumpkinseed, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined bluegill and pumpkinseed, 50 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.
  • White 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
The fishery of Pool 14 remains strong. Pool 14 is one of the few pools where walleye are stocked regularly to offset any loses due to the Quad Cities Nuclear Power plant. Stockings are somewhat successful and contribute 20 percent of the population on a given year. Largemouth and smallmouth bass have also been excellent fisheries in the past few years. Planning is ongoing to restore the fishery in Beaver Island complex across from Clinton, Iowa. The dredging of the complex will start in 2017.(2016)

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Water Quality

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.