Monday, March 20, 2017 3:28 PM
Water level 203.34 ft, falling 0.1 ft/day, 2.6 ft above rule
curve Monday. 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 at http://18.104.22.168/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt
for a table or http://22.214.171.124/offices/ed/edh/plots/grenplot.png for
Last week's cold temperatures and wind made fishing
difficult and set the fish back awhile, but did not produce enough
rain to raise water levels. Warmer temperatures this week should
have fish moving shallower, but don't expect much rain or rise
until late in the week.
Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports most crappie
recently have come from the Choctaw Landing to South Graysport
Landing to Redgrass Creek area slow trolling out from the timber or
jigging in the timber fishing 3 - 6 ft deep in 4 - 8 ft of
water. Big fish may be holding deeper. Few reports from the
Skuna side where water levels are making getting around difficult.
The Magnolia Crappie Club tournament this past Saturday fished
under rainy, windy conditions, but still managed to bring in a
winning weight of 15.78 lb (7 fish); big fish was 3.09. This Friday
and Saturday will be the Crappie Masters tournament. A strong
front, possibly severe, is predicted for Friday night. Watch the
weather and boat safely. No reports on Largemouth Bass. White Bass
are starting to run up the creeks and rivers where they can be
taken with jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no
size or number limits on White Bass. Catfish can be taken
using noodles (jugs) or trotlines with shad or other
baits over mudflats.
The spillway had one gate open 2.0 ft (500 cfs)
Monday. About the best reports here have been
catfishing natural baits near the bottom. If there are
any White Bass running yet, they will be in the current where you
can drift a 2 jig rig just off bottom or fish small crankbaits or
tailspinner lures. For crappie, fish a jig and/or minnow under a
bobber off the rocks or in the old river run.
MDWFP fall electrofishing 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.