Jesse Michels

This Freshwater Drum was recently caught by Jessie Michels of Bellevue. The fish was 34 inches long and weighed 27 pounds. It was caught below Lock and Dam 12.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level is 9 feet at the Bellevue Lock and Dam and is receding. Water temperature is around 70 degrees in main channel. The water clarity is good. All boat ramps are open and in good condition to launch. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie moved out of the shallows after the week's cool temperatures. Crappies are moving into the shallows a bit; some anglers report decent catches while others are still struggling to find them. Bluegill - Good: The yo-yo water temperatures affected bluegills and reports are all over the place. Try fishing in shallow sun-soaked backwater areas in 1-4 feet of water. Bowfin - Excellent: Bowfin are readily being taken in backwater areas on small spinners or worms. They are a hard fighting fish and can be fun to catch. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try worms or cut baits in near shore moderate current areas. Floating a bobber along rock lines is starting to work on nicer pre-spawning channel cats. Common Carp - Excellent: Carp are starting to roll in the backwater areas such as Green Island; it's an excellent time for bow fishing.

Please do not leave your shot carp or buffalo on the bank as that is considered littering. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Anglers are starting to catch flathead on live bait such as green sunfish or bullheads.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Catch as many drum as you want in near shore tailwater areas using an egg sinker and worm rig. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: The bass bite is on in the backwaters.

Fish are aggressive and hitting on most spinnerbaits. Try fishing the shallow sun and wind-soaked backwater areas. Northern Pike - Good: Use gaudy white spinners in Crooked Slough, South Sabula Lake, Spring Lake and near Mickelson Landing. Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is closed for the year. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fishing along rock lines with moderate current is usually the best method to catch smallmouth bass. Walleye - Good: Try throwing crankbaits around newly exposed wing dams. The walleye bite has picked up after a slow start this year. Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch are being reported by anglers who are catching bluegills.   White Crappie - Slow.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at the Fulton Lock and Dam is receding and is 8.3 feet, 11.6 feet at Camanche and 6.4 feet at Le Claire. Water temperature is around 70 degrees in the main channel. Water clarity is good. Black Crappie - No Report: Expect crappies to move back in the shallows very soon, especially when night temperatures warm up a bit. Bluegill - Fair: The yo-yo water temperatures affected bluegills and reports are all over the place. Fish in shallow sun soaked backwater areas in 1-4 feet of water. Bowfin - Excellent: Bowfin are on the bite in backwater areas and can readily be caught on small spinners or worms. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use worms and cut bait along the banks and boat ramp access areas. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flatheads bite best on live bait such as a live green sunfish or small bullhead. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Catch lots of freshwater drum in near shore areas using an egg sinker and worm rig. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: The bass bite is on in the backwaters. Fish are aggressive and hitting on most spinnerbaits. try fishing the shallow sun and wind-soaked backwater areas. Some are being taken in the tailwater area on spinners. Northern Pike - Good: Pike are being caught in backwater areas such as the Rock Creek complex near Camanche. Paddlefish - No Report: The paddlefish season is closed for the year.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Throw small crankbaits up along rocky shorelines with some stronger currents. Walleye - Good: A slow spring for walleyes, but the population structure of walleyes looks sound. Try throwing crankbaits around newly exposed rock wing dams. The bite on walleyes in Pool 14 picked up a bit the last week or so, mostly larger slot fish. White Crappie - Slow: Still picking up a few, but expect them to move into the shallows to spawn this week as temperatures warm. Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are being taken incidentally when fishing for bluegills.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level is 8 feet at Rock Island and is receding The water temperature is near 71 degrees. Water clarity is good. Channel Catfish - Good: Cut shad bait works best for early season catfish. Also try floating a bobber and worms around rock piles for pre-spawning catfish. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flatheads bite best on live bait such as a live green sunfish or small bullhead. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Catch lots of freshwater drum in near shore areas using an egg sinker and worm rig. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Expect smallies to move in along the rock shoreline and the bite to pick up as the water temperature warms.

Water temperature is in the 70's in the main channel. The water is receding. Water clarity is good. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.

 

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tailwater stage is 8.53 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities and is rising. Tailwater stage is forecast to reach 8.8 feet over the weekend. Flood stage is 15 feet. Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills in the backwaters. Try pieces of worm under a bobber fished around brush piles. Channel Catfish - Good: Some channel catfish are being caught along the main channel above Sunset Marina. Use nightcrawlers or leeches. Also try floating bobbers with crawlers or leeches along rip-rap shorelines. Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes were caught in Sylvan Slough trolling crankbaits. Also look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling three-way rigs with crawlers or trolling crankbaits. White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught along the Davenport River front. Cast jigs and twister tails or crankbaits.  White Crappie - Fair: Some crappies were caught in Sunset Marina. Try jigs and plastics or minnows under a bobber.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tailwater stage is 7.15 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and is forecast to stay fairly steady through the weekend. Flood stage is 15 feet. Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills in the backwaters around brush piles; try pieces of worm under a bobber. Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish along rocky shorelines; use nightcrawlers or leeches under a bobber. Also look for channel catfish around brush piles and snags along the main channel or side channels. Walleye - Fair: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling three-way rigs with crawlers or trolling crankbaits. Trolling crankbaits by GPC can produce fish at times as well. White Crappie - Fair: Look for crappies in the backwaters. Try jigs and plastics or minnows under a bobber fished around brush piles in Big Timber or Cleveland Slough.

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tailwater stage is 8.50 feet at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston and is forecast to stay fairly steady through the weekend. Flood stage is 15 feet. Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills in the backwaters around brush piles; use pieces of worm under a bobber. Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish along rip-rap shorelines. Try floating bobbers with crawlers or leeches. Also look for channel catfish around brush piles and snags along the main channel or side channels. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling three-way rigs with crawlers or trolling crankbaits. White Crappie - No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters. Try jigs and plastics or minnows fished under a bobber around brush piles.

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tailwater stage is 5.18 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is forecast to reach 5.4 feet over the weekend. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week. Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegill in the backwaters around brush piles; use pieces of worm under a bobber. Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish along rip-rap shoreline. Try floating bobbers with nightcrawlers or leeches. Also look for channel catfish around brush piles and snags along the main channel. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling three-way rigs with crawlers or trolling crankbaits. White Crappie - No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters. Use jigs and plastics or minnows under a bobber.  

Tailwater stages have been risen some the past few days. Main channel water clarity is fair. Main channel water temperature is around 68 degrees. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.