Water level 215.60 ft, falling 0.1 ft/day; 3.8 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662) 226-5911 or check at http://18.104.22.168/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://22.214.171.124/offices/ed/edh/plots/grenplot.png for a graph. The lake is supposed to be drawn down from summer pool (215 ft) to winter pool (193 ft) from August 1 – December 1.
Collins’ Bait Shop (662) 226-3581 and MDWFP angler creel surveys this past week showed crappie fishing has been best in the main lake point from Skuna ramp to Carver Point fishing big crankbaits or jigs and/or minnows 14 – 20 ft deep. A lot of short fish are being reported; use bigger baits and fish deeper to discourage smaller fish. Pinch down the barbs on hooks to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish. Quite a few blue catfish and white bass have been hitting baits meant for crappie. Catfish have been biting natural baits on lines, jugs (noodles), or rod-and-reel. White bass are in the main lake feeding on shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points in the evenings. Where the two rivers join is usually the best spot for “stripes”; also check out the river channels in the upper ends of the lake arms. There is no size or number limit on white bass. For largemouth bass, fish spinnerbaits or topwaters in shallower water over flooded cover early and late in the day and crankbaits or soft plastics in deeper water on channel edges or main lake points ; look for clearer water. Right now most of the main lake is clear.
As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else. These are actually colonial animals (like coral) that filter plankton out of the water. Nibbling by fish results in a rounded colony. Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.
The spillway had one gate open 10.0 ft (3000 cfs) Tuesday. The best thing going down here has been catfishing early in the morning. Fish for blue catfish (white humpbacks) with nightcrawlers, shad, or minnows under a slip cork, or use rods or lines with live bait for catfish on down the river below the spillway.
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.