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Eating Iowa Caught Fish

Most Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if eaten. Over 4.5 million meals of Iowa fish were eaten in 2018. Some limitations of eating fish may apply for young children and pregnant women. Fish are a good source of nutrients that promote healthy child development and is also part of a healthy diet.

Pregnant women, women wanting to become pregnant, breastfeeding mothers, and children under 12 years of age should monitor their fish consumption to ensure they are selecting fish that are low in mercury.

Mississippi River - Pool 16

Pool 16 of the Upper Mississippi River extends 25.7 miles from Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine to Lock and Dam 15 in Rock Island, IL. Pool 16 contains 11,630 acres of aquatic habitat. Pool 16 has islands, side channels, and backwaters throughout its length. Unlike many pools, the lower reach of Pool 16 is not an open expanse of water. The Rock River enters the Mississippi River in upper Pool 16 at Rock Island, Illinois.


Navigation maps are available from this US Army Corps of Engineers website (link takes you offsite).