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Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 8/20/2019 3:01:35 PM

Water level 222.46, stable, 10.3 ft over rule curve Tuesday. Water levels are supposed to fall from 215 ft (summer pool) from July 29 to 193 ft (winter pool) on December 1. Emergency spillway level is 231.0. 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 Gums Crossing bridge is closed due to damage to the pilings during high inflow in February. To get to Gums Crossing ramp or the Yalobusha side from Coffeeville means driving around though Grenada and Gore Springs. The road across the top of the dam has been reopened.

Fall drawdown is supposed to be underway, but the water is still well above summer pool. The reservoir rose slightly from last weekend's rains, but the drawdown should resume this week. Shallow fish (and bait fish) will follow the rivers, creeks, and ditches towards deeper water. The heat is affecting anglers more than fish. Angler access is still limited due to high water, but improving.

Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports crappie fishing has been good lately with best luck on crankbaits fished about 1.5 mph 14 - 16 ft deep in 18 - 20+ ft of water outside the trees, in creek mouths, and in the main lake. Some are slow trolling jigs and/or minnows in the same depths and areas. Both may pick up a few catfish or White Bass. Although some good crappie are being caught, a lot of short fish are being released. Replace treble hooks with single hooks and/or pinch down the barbs to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish. For Largemouth Bass, fish 4 to 12 ft deep around cover in the clearest water available. A spinnerbait, buzzbait, or crankbait covers a lot of water, but have a texas-rigged soft plastic on another rod in case you miss a strike. Fish shallower early and late and deeper midday in the rivers or creeks as bass feed on concentrated baitfish, off secondary points in major creek coves, over flooded roadbeds (especially bridges), or main lake points. White Bass are in the main lake feeding on small shad. Fish jigs or small crankbaits over sandy points early and late in the day; get there at daylight for the early bite. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Grenada, just White Bass that have no size or number limits. If there is any rainfall runoff, fish for catfish in the rivers and creeks on worms or stink baits. Otherwise, fish whatever gear you want to use with various natural baits over main lake flats or in the channels. Flooding allows bream to fatten up and grow quickly; fish for spawners over a firm bottom (flooded roads, parking lots, 4-wheeler trails, etc) using worms or crickets 1.5 - 5 ft deep under a bobber.

The spillway gates were closed after Sunday's rain, but they were releasing 690 cfs Tuesday PM. Expect gates to be opened more later this week. Fishing is better down here when some water is being released. Catfishing has been good lately; fish near the bottom under a big slip float or big cork (bobber) and a 1 - 2 oz weight. Fish shad or live or cut bait for big fish, nightcrawlers or minnows for smaller ones. Quite a few Flathead Catfish have been landed recently on live bait (goldfish, pond perch); a 45 pounder was caught with shad on rod-and-reel Saturday before the gates were closed. Blue Catfish ("white river cats" or "white humpbacks") have been running mostly 1 to 10 lb, with flatheads mostly 10+ lb. White Bass will hit crankbaits or jigs fished near the bottom in the current. Fish a jig and/or minnow in the old river run or other slack water for crappie. Largemouth Bass have been caught fishing a white spinnerbait along the rocks.

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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