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Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 10/17/2017 3:00:43 PM

Water level 205.40 ft, falling 0.2 ft/day, 0.9 ft above rule curve Tuesday. Fall drawdown is supposed to start August 1 and reach winter pool (193 ft) by December 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. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

The reservoir is on fall drawdown. Water temperatures will be dropping from the 70s to the 60s this week with cooler weather. As the water falls and cools, expect fish to start moving shallower. Fall drawdown concentrates fish in creek and river channels as they move out into the main lake; predators feed on bait fish pulled out of the shallows.

Collins' Bait Shop (662) 226-3581 reports cold fronts and wind made fishing tough this past week, but it should improve as the weather stabilizes. Most crappie anglers have switched to pushing jigs and/or minnows lately, although some are still pulling cranks. Trollers are picking up most fish 8 to 10 ft deep over deep structure (channels and ledges) in the main lake. Out from the dam, Carver Point, Jack's Slough, creek mouths, and over old river channels have been popular areas. A few folks have reported success jig poling around stumps, brush piles, and stake beds 4 to 6 ft deep. Although some catfish have been taken crappie fishing, fish for catfish with worms or stink baits in the creeks and rivers if there is any rain runoff (unlikely this week). Also, fish various baits (cut bait, whole small shad, flavored chicken) on trotlines, noodles (jugs), or rod-and-reel in similar depths and areas as crappie (ledges 8 - 12 ft deep); if the wind stirs up the shallows, fish shallower. Most White Bass have been incidental catches by crappie anglers; a few are schooling on shad off sandy, main lake points where they can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. The spot where the two rivers join is a perennial hot spot. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. For Largemouth Bass, fish early and late in the day around any cover (stumps, stake beds, etc.) on creek, slough, or river channel edges where spinnerbaits, topwaters, or soft plastics should work; look for the clearest water available. Midday, move deeper to main lake points where they should hold on any cover (brush tops, stake beds, etc.) and hit deep-running crankbaits or soft plastics. With the water dropping fast, expect bass, crappie, and catfish to be concentrated and feeding in river and major creek channels.

The spillway had one gate open 10.0 ft (2700 cfs) Tuesday. Fishing down here has improved with the increased flow. Best luck down here has been for keeper sized catfish on various natural baits, especially nightcrawlers and chicken liver. A few White Bass ("stripes") can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits in the faster water. There have been some reports of crappie biting in the old river run. Check out the new fishing pier where the spillway channel and old river run come together.

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.

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