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
Water temperature is back up in the lower 80's. The water is rising in most areas and the clarity is stained in most areas. 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.
Paddlefish - No Report: The paddlefish season is now closed for the year.
The water level at the Fulton Lock and Dam is rising and currently at 4.7 feet. Camanche is at 9.4 feet and Le Claire is at 4.4 feet. Water temperature is around 81 in main channel. Water clarity is good. Water level is still low so please be careful when boating as many obstructions are present. 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.
Walleye - Fair: Most anglers are targeting walleyes on wingdams using crankbaits or worm rigs. The walleye bite picks up when the water temperatures cool off.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Due to the low water the bass have moved to the openings of major backwater complexes. Bass are along the main channel edges with the low water and have been harder to find in recent days.
Northern Pike - Fair: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water when the river temps get this hot.
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved to the main channel border areas with some current flow.
Bowfin - Good: Bowfin are on the bite in backwater areas and can readily be caught on small spinners or worms.
Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing catfish on wingdams and rock lines along the main channel. Anglers are mostly using stink bait. Move often if you do not get bites.
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.
White Crappie - Good: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow
Flathead Catfish - Good: Flatheads bit best on live bait such as a live green sunfish or small bullhead. Smaller flatheads are being caught out of the tailwaters usually on jigs or jigging spoons.
Smallmouth Bass - Good: Throw small crank baits up along rocky shorelines. Smallmouth bass like rock with strong current flow.
Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Some nice hybrids are being caught in the 5 to 7 pound range in the tailwater area by anglers using inline spinners.
Download Printable River Map

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)

Contacts

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.