Grenada Lake - 7/28/2015
Water level 219.14 ft, falling 0.15 ft/day; 4.1 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662)226-5911 or check at http://220.127.116.11/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://18.104.22.168/offices/ed/edh/plots/grenplot.png for a graph. The lake is supposed to be maintained at summer pool (215 ft) from May 1 – August 1.
Collins’ Bait Shop (662)226-3581 and MDWFP angler creel surveys this past week showed crappie fishing has picked up recently with the main lake point from Skuna ramp to Carver Point the best area. Fish deep-running crankbaits 16 – 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 crankbait 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 crankbaits meant for crappie. Catfishing on lines or rod-and-reel has been picking up as fish start feeding after they’re done spawning. White bass are in the main lake feeding on shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points. Where the two rivers join is usually the best spot for “stripes”. 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.
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 8.0 ft (2600 cfs) Tuesday. Fish for blue catfish (white humpbacks) with nightcrawlers, shad, or minnows under a slip cork. Catfishing has improved in the spillway area, but folks have also been doing well fishing rods or lines with live bait on down the river below the spillway. A few white bass (“stripes”) are hitting jigs or small crankbaits in the faster water.
Starting July 22, 2015, the daily creel limit for crappie is 15 per person. Crappie must be over 12 inches. Anglers may use no more than 4 poles per person and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole. There is a 40 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 15 crappie creel limit.
Starting July 22, 2015, limits on black bass (largemouth and spotted) go to statewide limits: no size limit, 10 fish per person daily.
Contact the COE office (662)226-6090 for accessible ramps at current water levels.