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Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 4/24/2018 3:42:04 PM

Water level 222.39, rising 0.2 ft/day, 8.8 ft over rule curve Tuesday. Rule curve is supposed to rise from 198 ft March 1 to summer pool (215 ft) by May 1. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain rule curve. 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.

Sunday's rain raised the water level, but it did not drop to freezing afterwards. Warmer weather is predicted this week, but expect the water to stabilize and start falling. Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports a few crappie have been caught recently, but they are still very scattered. Better luck has been 6 - 7 ft deep, but reports have been not all fish have spawned yet. There is a full moon Sunday, but the water may be falling then. Fish jigs and/or minnows 2 - 3 ft deep wading until the water starts to fall. Crappie have been moving in and out of the shallows as water levels and temperatures rise and fall; best scenario would be stable or slowly rising water with warming temperatures. Best luck fishing recently has been for Blue Catfish ("white river cats" or "white humpbacks") on various natural baits or even shiny bare hooks on trotlines; you can catch as much as you want to clean. White Bass are up the rivers and creeks; fish jigs or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. No reports on anything else.

Crappie fishing tip: Crappie sense water level changes and react accordingly. When the water is rising, they will spawn 1 - 3 ft deep; when it is falling (or very clear), they will spawn 3 - 6 ft deep or more. Eggs hatch in 2 - 3 days. Newly hatched fry have a yolk sac, but no mouth. They lie in the nest (guarded by the male) until their yolk sac is absorbed and mouth parts form in another 2 - 3 days. Then they swim up and start feeding. Development is faster when the water is warmer; laying eggs to swim-up usually takes less than a week. Not all fish spawn at the same time. Spawning may last 4 - 6 weeks, or more, ensuring some fish are produced each spring.

The spillway had one gate open 14.0 ft (5264 cfs) Tuesday AM. The Corps is trying to get the reservoir back down to rule curve and may open up the gates some more later this week. Other than a few catfish and White Bass, not many reports down here either. Folks have been catching some crappie on a jig fished under a weighted cork. 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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