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Grenada Lake - 9/16/2014

Water level 211.82 ft, falling 0.3 ft/day; 2.8 ft above rule curve Tuesday.   For water level information, call (662)226-5911 or check at  for a table or http://ftp.mvk.usace.army.mil/offices/ed/edh/graphs1.htm for a graph.  Fall drawdown started August 1 with a target of 193 ft by December 1.


Collins’ Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports crappie fishing has been relatively slow; best luck has been pulling crankbaits or spider-rigging jigs and/or minnows 10 to 16 ft deep over dropoffs and ledges and deeper channels and holes in the main lake. Numbers of fish are not high, but fish landed are big. Catfish have been biting pretty much all over any way you want to fish for them.  Fish in the rivers and creeks with worms or stinkbaits if there’s any rainfall runoff or fish main lake flats with lines, noodles (jugs), or rod-and-reel with various natural baits.  Look for white bass schooling on shad in the main lake; fish over sandy, main lake points with small shad-colored crankbaits or jigs.  Falling water levels are pulling fish, including largemouth bass, out of the backs of creeks into the deeper channels. Fish spinnerbaits or topwaters on channel edges 4 – 6 ft deep early and late in the day or Carolina rig soft plastics 10 – 15 ft deep on offshore structure or points midday.


As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else.  Those blobs are actually colonial animals called bryozoans that filter plankton out of the water.  Nibbling by fish causes the colony to minimize its surface area to a round shape.  Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.


The spillway had one gate open 7.0 ft (2600 cfs) Tuesday.  Best luck has been for blue catfish with minnows, nightcrawlers or shad drifting just above bottom with a heavy weight (and expect to lose it), either with or without a slip-cork.  There was one recent report of some crappie caught down here.  Grenada is producing the best of the four area spillways right now.  The bad smell in the spillway is hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg gas) that is in solution in deep water where there is no oxygen in the upper lake.  As deep water is drawn through the dam, the gas comes out of solution in the spillway when the water is re-oxygenated with splashing down the tunnel and rocks.


Contact the COE office (662)226-6090 for accessible ramps at current water levels.


The daily creel limit for crappie on Grenada Lake is 20 per person. Crappie must be over 12 inches. Anglers fishing Grenada Lake may use no more than 3 poles per person and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole. There is a 50 crappie per boat limit for boats with 3 or more anglers. The 12 inch length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway has a 20 crappie creel limit.

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