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Grenada Lake - 8/15/2017 7:05:04 PM

Water level 212.56 ft, rising 0.6 ft/day, 2.8 ft below rule curve Tuesday. Fall drawdown is supposed to start August 1 and reach winter pool (193 ft) by December 1. For water level information, call (662) 226-5911 or check at http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/plots/grenplot.png for a graph. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

The water level is rising quickly from recent heavy rains, muddying up the rivers and creeks; it is the highest it has been this year. The water level should stabilize and start to clear later on this week unless there are more heavy rains. Small fish should be in flooded vegetation. Fall drawdown was supposed to start August 1, but will be delayed until the rule curve catches up with the actual water level. 

Collins' Bait Shop (662) 226-3581 reports most folks have been pulling crankbaits recently fishing 6 to 15 ft deep over deep structure (channels and ledges) in the main lake. Out from the dam, Jack's Slough, and Carver Point have been popular crappie areas. Crappie are usually shallower at sunrise and move deeper midday. For catfish, fish worms or stink baits in the creeks and rivers as long as there is any rain runoff. Fish various baits (cut bait, goldfish, flavored chicken) on trotlines, noodles (jugs), or rod-and-reel in similar depths and areas as crappie (ledges 8 - 12 ft deep). Most White Bass have been incidental catches by crappie anglers; a few are schooling on shad early and late in the day off sandy, main lake points where they can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. The spot where the two rivers join is a perennial hot spot. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. There have been a few reports lately on Largemouth Bass, but no word on where or on what. Fish very early and late in the day in the shallow, flooded grass on creek, slough, or river channel edges where spinnerbaits, topwaters, or soft plastics should work; look for the clearest water available. Midday, move deeper to main lake points where they should hold on any cover (brush tops, stake beds, etc.).

The spillway had all gates closed (0 cfs) Tuesday due to heavy rainfall. Expect the gates to be reopened slowly later this week. Before the gates were closed, fishing down here has been slow (unless you are fishing for gar). Best luck down here has been for catfish on various natural baits, especially nightcrawlers and chicken liver. A few White Bass ("stripes") can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits in the faster water. Check out the new fishing pier where the spillway channel and old river run come together. 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.

All fish captured and kept with dip or landing nets, cast nets, boat mounted scoops, wire baskets, minnow seines, and minnow traps in the spillway areas bordered by rip rap must be immediately placed on ice or in a dry container. Game fish caught with these gears must be released. This regulation was enacted to reduce the potential of transferring harmful Asian carps to the reservoir or other waters.

MDWFP electrofishing last fall found most Gizzard Shad were about 4 inches long (2016 spawn). Blue Catfish ("white river cats or "white humpbacks") were abundant in creek and river channels and shallow flats; most fish were 13 - 36 inches long with a big group near 22 inches. White Bass were not as common as in prior years, but most were larger (12 - 15 inches) and were mainly found on sandy points. Largemouth Bass, crappie, and bream were around any remaining cover (brush, stakes, stumps, etc.). Most bass were from the big 2013 year class (12 - 15 inches), with both smaller and larger fish seen. Crappie were mostly 2016 fish (3 - 4 inches) or fish over 12 inches long; there was a big group at 13 inches.

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.

Limits on Black Bass (Largemouth and Spotted Bass) are statewide limits: no size limit, 10 fish per person daily.

Contact the COE office (662) 226-5911 for accessible ramps at current water levels.

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