Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:08 PM
Water level 207.79 ft, stable, 6.0 ft below rule curve Tuesday.
Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen
and the Corps tries to maintain rule curve; it is supposed to
rise from 198 ft on March 1 to summer pool (215 ft) by May
1. For water level information, call (662)226-5911 or check
for a table or http://184.108.40.206/offices/ed/edh/plots/grenplot.png for
a graph. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always
This past weekend's rains were not enough to raise the
water level, much less push it up to rule curve. The water should
continue to clear up unless we get another
significant rain with runoff.
Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports crappie fishing
has slowed down some and most of the crowds have gone. Crappie have
started to move a little deeper with fish suspending 3 - 4 ft deep
in 6 - 7 ft of water out from spawning areas where slow trolling
bright colored (black/chartreuse, orange/charteuse, etc.) jigs
and/or minnows has been producing. Some fish can be taken jigging
similar lures and depths along creek and river channel edges.
Bigger fish are relating to bottom structure and
holding deeper. Most White Bass have been incidental catches
by crappie anglers, but some are still up in the creeks and
rivers where they can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small
crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White
Bass. Catfishing should be good fishing worms and other baits
with a variety of techniques (lines, noodles, rod-and-reel).
Channel cats have started moving to rip-rap rocks to spawn in the
holes; worms fished under a bobber will work here. No reports on
Largemouth Bass, but expect some to be in the shallow,
flooded grass in the backs of creek coves and pockets where
spinnerbaits or buzzbaits should work; look for the clearest water
The spillway had one gate open 0.5 ft (100 cfs)
Tuesday. Despite the lack of water here, there was a report of
some good crappie taken fishing a jig under a bobber. White Bass
("stripes") can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits.
Small catfish have been hitting worms or other baits fished near
MDWFP electrofishing last fall found most Gizzard Shad
were about 4 inches long (spawned last spring). 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 this spring's 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.