Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 3/13/2018 1:40:57 PM

Water level 220.18, rising 0.03 ft/day, 20.5 ft over rule curve Tuesday. Rule curve is supposed to rise from winter pool (193 ft) January 15 to 198 ft by March 1. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain rule curve. For water level information, call (662)226-5911 or check at for a table or for a graph or for both. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

The water is high (about 43,000 acres at this level), muddy, and still rising. Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reported Tuesday that several folks have been fishing lately, but few reports other than a few crappie and catfish. There have been some unconfirmed reports of crappie caught shallow wading, but cooler weather has slowed the crappie down momentarily resulting in crappie spawning late March, like they do nearly every year. For crappie use a jig with bright colors with or without a minnow. Best luck might be for catfish on worms or stink baits in the tributaries or White Bass moving up the rivers and creeks fishing jigs or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass.

The spillway had all gates closed (0 cfs) Tuesday. The Corps will be trying to let out some water as soon as downstream flooding subsides, but that may be awhile. Other than maybe a few catfish and White Bass, not many reports down here either. Check out the new fishing pier where the spillway channel meets the old river run.

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.

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.

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Biologists use various sampling methods to assess the fish populations in the State’s waters.   Sampling results for selected water bodies are summarized in Reel Facts Sheets.

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