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FISHING REPORTS

Pool 12

Mississippi River, Jackson County, Iowa
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2/28/24 @ 2:52 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
Ice fishing is all but finished on the Mississippi. Most angling has been concentrating in the tailwaters for walleyes and sauger. If you have angling questions, please call Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.

Sauger - Fair: Most anglers are using a jig and minnow or one eye rig. Fishing has been good at times this spring for many anglers with many small fish and an occasional keeper being caught.

The river is steady at Dubuque with the level at Lock and Dam 11 near 5.4 feet and 8.0 feet at the RR bridge. Water temperature is around 39 degrees, and the water clarity is good.

Northern Pike - No Report: No report on Northern Pike yet but spawning may be occurring shortly even though it is weeks before the normal spawning season.

Angling has been concentrating in the tailwaters for walleyes and sauger. Paddlefish season will start on March 1st. Rules can be a bit confusing for paddlefish snagging so please review them if you are unsure. If you have angling questions, please call Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.

The river is steady at Dubuque with the level at Lock and Dam 11 near 5.3 feet and 7.9 feet at the RR bridge. Water temperature is around 40 degrees, and the water clarity is good.

Sauger - Fair: Most anglers are using a jig and minnow or one eye rig. Fishing has been good at times this spring for many anglers with many small fish and an occasional keeper being caught.

Northern Pike - No Report: No report on Northern Pike yet but spawning may be occurring shortly even though it is weeks before the normal spawning season.

Source: Iowa DNR

2/21/24 @ 2:49 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
Ice flows have all nearly stopped on the river although chunks can occasionally be seen. Ice fishing is taking place, but ice is suspect in many places and not recommended. Water levels are slightly rising throughout the district. If you have angling questions, please call Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.

The river is steady at Dubuque with the level at Lock and Dam 11 near 5.7 feet and 8.2 feet at the RR bridge. Water temperature is around 39 degrees, and the water clarity is good. Ice fishing is being reported especially in the various marinas, but ice quality is deteriorating rapidly. Ice fishing is generally not recommended.

Sauger - Good: Both Sauger and Walleye bite seemed to have picked up in Pool 12. Anglers are using jigs and minnows or they are using crankbait rigs. Smaller fish seem to be closer to the dam.

Yellow Perch - No Report: Some very nice 12 inch plus perch were being reported all fall both from backwater areas and shallower water in the tailwaters.

Source: Iowa DNR

2/14/24 @ 2:46 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
The river is rapidly changing. Most of the main channel is now open but major ice flows have been seen all week. Ice fishing is taking place, but ice is suspect in many places and not recommended. Most boat ramps are open but may be subject to ice flows. Water levels are rising throughout the district. If you have angling questions, please call Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.

The river is steady at Dubuque with the level at Lock and Dam 11 near 6.1 feet and 8.6 feet at the RR bridge. Water temperature is around 34 degrees, and the water clarity is good. Ice fishing is being reported especially in the various marinas, but ice quality is deteriorating rapidly. Ice fishing is generally not recommended.

Yellow Perch - No Report: Some very nice 12 inch plus perch were being reported all fall both from backwater areas and shallower water in the tailwaters.

Sauger - Slow: Weak bite, use live bait with stinger hooks.

Source: Iowa DNR

2/1/24 @ 11:43 PM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
What a difference a week can make. We still have ice fishing taking place but ice is suspect in many places. Many of the tailwater ramps have opened up as well but may be subject to large ice flows. Water levels are rising throughout the district. If you have angling questions, please call Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.

Sauger - No Report: As of Thursday the ramps at Dubuque were still iced in.

The river is rising at Dubuque with the level at Lock and Dam 11 near 6.2 feet and 8.8 feet at the RR bridge. Water temperature is around 34 degrees, and the water clarity is good. Ice fishing is being reported especially in the various marinas but ice quality is deteriorating rapidly.

Yellow Perch - No Report: Some very nice 12 inch plus perch were being reported all fall both from backwater areas and shallower water in the tailwaters.

Black Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being reported with the bluegills in marina areas.

Bluegill - Good: Small bluegills are being reported out of the harbor areas on teardrop type lures and wax worms. Lots of small fish being caught and a lot of sorting going on. Ice quality is deteriorating rapidly.

Source: Iowa DNR

1/25/24 @ 11:37 PM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
Ice fishing is underway with most district backwaters appear to have at least some solid ice but please avoid discolored ice. Also, be warry of snow covered areas as they might not have frozen despite the cold temperatures. Water levels are stable throughout the district. If you have angling questions, please call Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.

The river is stable at Dubuque with the level at Lock and Dam 11 near 5.4 feet and 7.9 feet at the RR bridge. Water temperature is around 32 degrees, and the water clarity is good. Ice fishing is being reported especially in the various marinas. Ice quality is reported from poor to 10 inches on windswept open ice.

Bluegill - Good: Small bluegills are being reported out of the harbor areas on teardrop type lures and wax worms. Lots of small fish being caught and a lot of sorting going on.

Sauger - No Report: Dubuque ramps are iced in making boating access impossible.

Yellow Perch - No Report: Some very nice 12 inch plus perch were being reported all fall both from backwater areas and shallower water in the tailwaters.

Black Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being reported with the bluegills in marina areas.

Source: Iowa DNR

1/18/24 @ 11:34 PM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
The first major ice fishing reports are filtering in from the district. Ice quality reports are all over the place from poor slushy ice to ice up to 7 inches. Please be careful and avoid discolored ice and be warry of snow covered areas as they might not have frozen despite the cold temperatures. Water levels are stable throughout the district. If you have angling questions, please call Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.

The river is stable at Dubuque with the level at Lock and Dam 11 its in near 5.3 feet and 7.9 feet at the RR bridge. Water temperature is around 32 degrees, and the water clarity is good. Ice fishing is being reported in many areas especially in marinas and safe to enter spots. Ice quality reported in places from poor and slushy up to seven inches on windswept open ice .

Sauger - No Report: Dubuque ramps are iced in making boating access impossible.

Yellow Perch - No Report: Some very nice 12 inch plus perch were being reported all fall both from backwater areas and shallower water in the tailwaters.

Bluegill - Good: Small bluegills are being reported out of the harbor areas on teardrop type lures and wax worms.

Black Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being reported with the bluegills in marina areas.

Source: Iowa DNR

12/27/23 @ 1:34 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
Water levels are low and stable on the River and water temps are still around 36 degrees. Some minor icing has been occurring at night but boat ramps remain open. Low levels elevate concern about backing off the back of ramps so use the minimum amount of ramp necessary to launch your boat. If you have angling questions, please call Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.

The river is stable at Dubuque with the level at Lock and Dam 11 at 4.8 feet and 7.4 feet at the RR bridge. Water temperature is around 35 degrees, and the water clarity is good. Some icing has occurred but as of Thursday ramps remain open and we are expecting some warmer weather.

Walleye - Slow: Most anglers are targeting the tailwaters with jigging spoons or jig and minnow rigs. Not much is being reported but conditions are good.

Sauger - Good: Lots of small fish present with many folks using one eye jigging spoons.

Yellow Perch - No Report: Some very nice 12 inch plus perch were being reported all fall both from backwater areas and shallower water in the tailwaters.

Water levels are low and rising on the River and water temps are around 38 degrees. Low levels elevate concern about backing off the back of ramps so use the minimum amount of ramp necessary to launch your boat. If you have angling questions, please call Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.

The river is rising at Dubuque with the level at Lock and Dam 11 its in near 5.2 feet and 7.9 feet at the RR bridge. Water temperature is around 37 degrees, and the water clarity is good. Some icing has occurred but as of Thursday ramps remain open and we are expecting some warmer weather.

Walleye - Slow: Most anglers are targeting the tailwaters with jigging spoons or jig and minnow rigs. Not much is being reported but conditions are good.

Yellow Perch - No Report: Some very nice 12 inch plus perch were being reported all fall both from backwater areas and shallower water in the tailwaters.

Sauger - Fair: Lots of small fish present with many folks using one eye jigging spoons.

Source: Iowa DNR

12/20/23 @ 1:28 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
Water levels are low and stable on the River and water temps are still around 37 degrees. Some minor icing has been occurring but boat ramps remain open. Low levels elevate concern about backing off the back of ramps so use the minimum amount of ramp necessary to launch your boat. If you have angling questions, please call Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.

The river is stable at Dubuque with the level at Lock and Dam 11 at 4.9 feet and 7.6 feet at the RR bridge. Water temperature is around 34 degrees, and the water clarity is good. Some icing has occurred but as of Thursday ramps remain open and we are expecting some warmer weather.

Walleye - Slow: Most anglers are targeting the tailwaters with jigging spoons or jig and minnow rigs. Not much is being reported but conditions are good.

Largemouth Bass - No Report: Concentrate in warm sunlit areas in backwater habitats. Spinner baits and chatterbaits often work quite well even when temps are in the upper 30. Slow down retrieve.

Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Fish in moderate current on wingdams. Heavy jigs or one-eyes are commonly used. No report this week but they were still biting well a week ago when temperatures were in the 40's.

Yellow Perch - Good: Some very nice 12 inch plus perch are being reported both from backwater areas and shallower water in the tailwaters.

Black Crappie - No Report: Crappie fishing in general was pretty decent this fall on the Mississippi River. With the ice transition time right now have not had any reports on Crappies for the past few weeks.

Sauger - Slow: Very nice Sauger are being caught in the tailwater mostly on a jig and minnow rig. The bite has slowed up a bit from what it was a few weeks ago.

Source: Iowa DNR

12/13/23 @ 1:25 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
Water levels are low and stable on the River and water temps are still around 37 degrees. Some minor icing has been occurring but boat ramps remain open. Low levels elevate concern about backing off the back of ramps so use the minimum amount of ramp necessary to launch your boat. If you have angling questions, please call Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.

The river is stable at Dubuque with the level at Lock and Dam 11 at 4.6 feet and 7.6 feet at the RR bridge. Water temperature is around 35 degrees, and the water clarity is good. Some icing has occurred but as of Thursday ramps remain open and we are expecting some warmer weather.

Largemouth Bass - Good: Concentrate in warm sunlit areas in backwater habitats. Spinner baits and chatterbaits often work quite well even when temps are in the upper 30. Slow down retrieve.

Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Fish in moderate current on wingdams. Heavy jigs or one-eyes are commonly used. No report this week but they were still biting well a week ago when temperatures were in the 40's.

Walleye - Slow: Most anglers are targeting the tailwaters with jigging spoons or jig and minnow rigs.

Black Crappie - Good: Good crappie fishing in the backwaters and marinas with most anglers using small minnows.

Sauger - Slow: Very nice Sauger are being caught in the tailwater mostly on a jig and minnow rig. The bite has slowed up a bit from what it was a few weeks ago.

Yellow Perch - Good: Some very nice 12 inch plus perch are being reported both from backwater areas and shallower water in the tailwaters.

Source: Iowa DNR

12/6/23 @ 1:22 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
Water levels are low and stable on the River and water temps are still around 37 degrees. Some minor icing has been occurring but boat ramps remain open. Low levels elevate concern about backing off the back of ramps so use the minimum amount of ramp necessary to launch your boat. If you have angling questions, please call Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.

The river is stable at Dubuque with the level at Lock and Dam 11 at 4.6 feet and 7.6 feet at the RR bridge. Water temperature is around 36 degrees, and the water clarity is good. Some icing has occurred but as of Wednesday ramps remain open.

Bluegill - No Report: Bluegills have moved into backwater and marina areas in Pool 12. Simple bobber and worms are still the best technique to catch gills in these slack water areas.

Largemouth Bass - Good: Concentrate in warm sunlit areas in backwater habitats. Spinner baits and chatterbaits often work quite well even when temps are in the upper 30. Slow down retrieve.

Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish in moderate current on wingdams. Heavy jigs or one-eyes are commonly used. No report this week but they were still biting well a week ago when temperatures were in the 40's.

Walleye - Good: Most anglers are targeting the tailwaters with jigging spoons or jig and minnow rigs.

Black Crappie - Good: Good crappie fishing in the backwaters and marinas with most anglers using small minnows.

Sauger - Excellent: Very nice Sauger are being caught in the tailwater mostly on a jig and minnow rig. The bite has slowed up a bit from what it was but some nice fish are still being reported.

Yellow Perch - Good: Some very nice 12 inch plus perch are being reported both from backwater areas and shallower water in the tailwaters.

Northern Pike - Good: Some smaller northern pike are being reported in the backwaters on spinners.

Source: Iowa DNR

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