Grenada Lake - 3/24/2015
Water level 212.07 ft, rising 0.3 ft/day; 9.7 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662)226-5911 or check at http://184.108.40.206/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://220.127.116.11/offices/ed/edh/plots/grenplot.png for a graph. The lake should rise from 198 ft March 1 to summer pool (215 ft) May 1.
The lake is rising and muddy. Expect a big cool-down this weekend with rain and a strong cold front and temperatures near 30o F that will likely put a damper on the spawn awhile. Collins’ Bait Shop (662)226-3581 and MDWFP angler creel surveys this past week indicated some males have moved shallow, but bigger females are still out deeper, or at least out from the banks. Best luck has either been fishing backs of creeks 1 – 3 ft deep (boating or wading) and catching mostly males, or trolling out from spawning areas with black/chartreuse jigs and/or minnows and getting some big females. A few limits were reported Saturday, but fewer fish Sunday and Monday. The crappie tournament this past weekend was won with 18.19 lbs (7 fish). There were a bunch of fish over 3 pounds weighed in, with two tied at 3.51, before a 12 year old young man brought in a 3.92 lb beast to trump the experts. Catfish have been biting shad or cut bait on trotlines. White bass have started moving up the river and creeks; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits. There is no size or number limit on white bass.
The spillway had one gate open 6.0 ft (1700 cfs) Tuesday. It is unknown if they will open the gates up anymore with the Mississippi River high. Best luck down here has been for crappie on the rocks and in the old river run or white bass in the faster water with jigs taking either species. Blue catfish (white humpbacks) have been hitting nightcrawlers fished under a slip cork.
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.