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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 at  for a table or for a graph. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

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 available.

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 the bottom.

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.

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