Spring Fishing

SPRING FISHING IN BELLEVUE: Folks were out enjoying the spring temperatures on the Mississippi River at Bellevue last week. Here, two young ladies cast in the waters adjacent to the Bob Ernst Insurance building.

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level at Lansing has fallen to 11.4 feet and is falling this week. New Albin Army Road is closed, but may open up next week. Sauger - Fair: Try a jig tipped with a minnow in the tailwaters of the Lock & Dam. Walleye - Fair: Walleye are moving up to the dams; use jigs tipped with a minnow. Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike are going on a feed frenzy to prepare for spawning. Fish the warmer shallows in backwaters. Yellow Perch - Excellent: Use a small piece of crawler fished just off the bottom. Black Crappie - Good: Use a minnow under a bobber in areas with less current in backwaters.

Mississippi River Pool 10

River level is 21.4 feet at Lyxnville and a gradual fall is predicted this week. Ramps are under water. Noble's Landing and Sny Magill road may open up next week. Sauger - Fair: Try a jig tipped with a minnow in the tailwaters of the Lock & Dam. Walleye - Fair: Walleye are moving up to the dams; use jigs tipped with a minnow. Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike are going on a feed frenzy to prepare for spawning. Fish the warmer shallows in backwaters.Yellow Perch - Excellent: Use a small piece of crawler fished just off the bottom. Black Crappie - Good: Use a minnow under a bobber in areas with less current in backwaters.

Mississippi River Pool 11

River level is 12.9 feet at Guttenberg and is predicted to gradually recede near 11 feet next week. Ramps are expected to come up out of the water next week with the fall in river levels. Sauger - Fair: Try a jig tipped with a minnow in the tailwaters of the Lock & Dam. Walleye - Fair: Walleye are moving up to the dams; use jigs tipped with a minnow. Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike are going on a feed frenzy to prepare for spawning. Fish the warmer shallows in backwaters. Yellow Perch - Excellent: Use a small piece of crawler fished just off the bottom. Black Crappie - Good: Use a minnow under a bobber in areas with less current in backwaters.

Upper Mississippi flood waters are steadily falling. Water temperature is in the 50's. Standing on lock walls is to fish is prohibited due to COVID-19. Walleye slot length limits on the Mississippi River now apply on the entire Mississippi River in Iowa, reflecting regulation changes in Minnesota and Wisconsin waters of Pools 9-12. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches long must be immediately released. Only one walleye greater than 27 inches can be harvested per day. Combined walleye/sauger daily harvest limit of 6 and possession of 12.

 

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at the Dubuque Lock and Dam is receding and is near 13.2 feet; levels are near 15.2 feet at the RR bridge. The water is still near moderate flood stage. The water temperature has risen to 51 degrees. The water clarity is fair. Walleye - No Report: Lots of nice slot walleyes have been caught; the fishery looks to be healthy. Walleyes are in the midst of spawning; the bite has slowed. Northern Pike - No Report: Pike are done spawning; the bite should improve quickly. Flashy spinners in warm flooded waters might trigger these predators. Yellow Perch - Slow: It was a great spring to catch yellow perch. Expect a good perch season as water comes down. Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills were starting to be caught out of flooded areas with hard banks while others were caught out of the tailwater. Black Crappie - Fair: Some crappie were reported out of marina areas, especially under boat docks.

Mississippi River Pool 13

Water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam receded to 13.9 feet last week. The water temperature increased to 51 degrees. The DNR boat ramp and the south ramp at Sabula is partially flooded. Walleye - No Report: Lots of nice slot walleyes were caught this spring; the fishery looks to be healthy. Walleyes are at the tail end of spawning. Paddlefish - No Report: The paddlefish season has ended for the year.Yellow Perch - Slow: Some yellow perch are being reported in the tailwaters and flooded backwater near Sabula. Most anglers are using a nightcrawler for bait. Shorthead redhorse - Good: These fish are being caught in the tailwaters and running up local tributaries. All you need is a simple worm rig fished on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level is 14.3 feet at the Fulton Lock and Dam, 16.1 feet at Camanche and 10 feet at LeClaire. These are still in action flood stage. Water temperature is around 52 degrees. Paddlefish- No Report: The paddlefish season has ended for the year.Walleye - No Report: Lots of slot walleyes have been caught; the fishery looks to be very healthy. Walleyes are in the tail end of spawning.

Yellow Perch - Slow: It was a great spring for catching yellow perch. These fish are mostly done spawning and high water should make for a good spawn. Shorthead redhorse - Good: Redhorse are being caught in the tailwaters and running up local tributaries. All you need is a simple worm rig fished on the bottom. Channel Catfish - Good: Cut bait works well in the flooded timber and for cats running up the Wapsipinicon River.

Mississippi River Pool 15

Water level is around 14.7 feet at Rock Island and is receding. The water temperature is around 53 degrees. Water is stained. River levels are at action flood stage.   

Water levels are receding in the district this week. Lower Pool 14 and Pool 15 are still in action flooding stages. Ramps and parking lots will need to be cleaned; please be patient. If you have any fishing questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563--880-8781.

 

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tailwater stage is 15.28 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities and is falling. Flood stage is 15 feet at Lock and Dam 15. River stage is 15.64 feet at Fairport; flood stage is 14 feet. Clark's Ferry Landing and Shady Creek are closed. Water is over the ramps at the Fairport Recreational Area. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tailwater stage is 14.88 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and is falling. Flood stage is 15 feet at Lock and Dam 16. River stage is 16.46 feet at Muscatine. Flood stage is 16 feet at Muscatine. The ramps at Big Timber and Kilpeck are closed.

We have not received any fishing report information for this pool.

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tailwater stage is 15.85 feet at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston and is falling. Flood stage is 15 feet at Lock and Dam 17. River stage is 15.18 feet at Keithsburg; flood stage is 14 feet. The Toolsboro ramp is closed due to high water. The Hawkeye Dolbee access will have water over it. We have not received any tailwater fishing reports for this pool this week.

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tailwater stage is 11.93 feet at Lock and Dam 18 and is falling. Flood stage is 10 feet at Lock and Dam 18. River stage is 16.75 feet at Burlington; flood stage is 15 feet. River stage is 528.96 feet at Fort Madison; flood stage is 528 feet. We have not received any fishing reports or ramp condition reports for this pool.

River stage is still above flood stage. River stages have been falling the past week. Main channel water temperature is around 50 degrees. Many boat ramps are closed due to the high water. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.