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Fishing opens in Iowa waters; Illinois closure remains

November 16, 2010 at 01:57 PM

Iowa’s Lock and Dam 11 at Dubuque is once again open to winter tail water fishing in both Iowa and Wisconsin waters.

Tail water areas at Lock and Dam 12 (Bellevue) and Lock and Dam 13 (Clinton) will be open to fishing only on the Iowa portion of the Mississippi River. Much of the Lock and Dam 12 tail waters at Bellevue lie in Illinois waters and will remain closed this winter. Illinois has requested that this be amended in their regulations. Illinois tail waters will remain closed December 1 through March 15, 2011, but not the following year.

The closure was lifted after results of a public meeting held July 20 and approval of the rule by the Natural Resource Commission. Iowa tail waters fishing will now be open December 1, 2010.

The Iowa and Illinois departments of natural resources implemented closed areas to fishing below Lock and Dam 11 (Dubuque), 12 (Bellevue) and 13 (Clinton) to decrease the high mortality rates of sauger.  High catch and release rates because of the tail waters open all winter and anglers fishing, and practicing catch and release from waters deeper than 30 feet have been occurring over the last 10 to 15 years.

“Fishing for sauger has declined and we have been seeing mortality rates in the 70 to 90 percent range for sauger on the Mississippi River.  This is higher than is found in other sauger populations in the Midwest,” said Mike Steuck, fisheries research biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The closed area was intended to mimic a “hard winter” where ice cover would restrict fishing from December through February/March.  The closed area regulations were removed because although mortality rates decreased, the sauger fishery did not improve in terms of catch rates or size structure.

Steuck said the Iowa DNR will continue to sample the sauger population through the winter and has further studies on sauger planned for the future.

A 20 to 27-inch release slot for walleye in Pools 12 to 20, (Dubuque to the Missouri border) was also implemented to increase the spawning stock of walleye which should increase the number of small fish that grow into the fishable population, and more walleyes available for anglers to catch.  The slot limit regulation for walleye will not change as we have seen an improvement in the size structure of walleye and the Iowa DNR will continue to evaluate any changes that may occur.

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what a joke!the whole thing,  the study was deemed incuclusive by the iowa dnr after 10 years now they open it back up ,and our joke of dnr doesnt follow!? is this somme kinda inside deal between the iweegins because ill didnt fall in in the beginning 10 years ago ?you know the worst part of all this after 10 years of offlimits fishing below the dams in winter, there sure the heck isnt a new huge population of saugers on the riv and believe me i fish the riv hard spring summer and fall i think i caught 3 saugers this past summer!!what a joke boys and girls doesnt the river belong to we the people? no it belongs to the feds and our dnr and special interest groups who we must bow to, but look at the bright side, they love us when we pay our taxes,fees, licenses, fines ,and penalties, get the picture they wouldnt be s#$^ without us fisherman hunters and trappers !!!

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