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Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 5/15/2018 4:00:22 PM

Water level 220.04, falling 0.1 ft/day, 5.0 ft over rule curve Tuesday. The water level is supposed to be at summer pool (215 ft) from May 1 until August 1. For water level information, call (662)226-5911 or check at http://mvk-wc.usace.army.mil/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://mvk-wc.usace.army.mil/plots/grenplot.png for a graph or http://www.mvk-wc.usace.army.mil/resrep.htm for both. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

The water is high but falling; scattered storms predicted this week will likely have little impact on water levels. Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports crappie fishing has improved with warmer weather and fish moving out of the trees. Hot spots have been above Graysport Crossing on the Yalobusha side and the Bryant/Turkey Creek area on the Skuna side. Fish 10 - 12 ft deep in 14 - 17 ft of water with jigs and/or minnows either jigging the timber or slow trolling. Some folks are catching crappie on crankbaits. To return short fish alive and in good shape, PLEASE replace treble hooks with singles, especially the rear hook, and/or pinch the barbs down to make unhooking easier. Losing a few fish is better than killing a lot. For catfish, bait trotlines with various natural baits. No reports on grabblers with the water high. Most White Bass are in the main lake and are being taken by folks after crappie. Fish jigs or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. No reports on anything else.

The spillway was had one gate open 6.0 ft (1990 cfs) Tuesday AM. The Corps is trying to get the reservoir back down to rule curve, but has cut the gates back recently. Catfishing has picked up down here with the warmer weather; fish natural baits just above bottom using a heavy weight and bobber. There have been a very few crappie taken in the old river run. 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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