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Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 11/13/2018 4:31:02 PM

Water level 202.50, rising 0.8 ft/day, 4.3 ft over 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 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 reservoir is on fall drawdown, and the COE is trying to catch up to the rule curve, but recent rains have it rising again. Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports crappie are mostly being caught in the mouths of creeks slow trolling jigs and/or minnows about 6 - 12 ft deep. Some crappie can be jigged out of shallow cover on the edges of creek and river channels. Catfish and White Bass may bite baits meant for crappie. Quite a few short crappie have been reported. To return short fish alive and in good shape, PLEASE replace treble hooks with singles, especially the rear hook on crankbaits, and/or pinch the barbs down to make unhooking easier. Losing a few fish is better than killing a lot. For catfish, various natural baits or even shiny bare hooks fished on trotlines or rod-and-reel have been working pretty much anywhere. Head to the rivers and creeks with worms or stinkbaits if there is any runoff from local rains. White Bass are feeding on shad off main lake points; fish jigs or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Grenada, just White Bass. For Largemouth Bass, look for the clearest water available and fish 3 to 8 ft deep on main lake points, humps, and flooded roadbeds; any cover (stumps, brush tops, rip-rap, etc.) is a plus. Bass are also on such cover in creek and river channels as they move to deeper water; this pattern will disappear as the cover gets too shallow. Fish slow-rolled spinnerbaits, jigs, or soft plastics.

As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, etc. or floating in the water. These are actually colonial animals called bryozoans. They are like coral, but with a jelly-like rather than stony matrix. Like coral, they filter plankton out of the water.  Nibbling by fish causes the colony to become rounded. Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.

The spillway was releasing 2000 cfs Tuesday. Best fishing for catfish has been on nightcrawlers fished near the bottom. White Bass can be caught on jigs or small crankbaits in the faster water. Some crappie have been caught recently single poling jigs and/or minnows 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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