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Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 9/20/2022 4:19:14 PM
Species Detail
Bass Fish shallow (topwaters, spinnerbaits) early and late in the day or at night. Midday, fish main lake points, humps, flooded roadbeds, or the edges of rivers or creeks 6 to 10 ft deep with soft plastics, bladed jigs, crankbaits, or spinnerbaits around any cover (rocks, brush tops, stake beds, timber, etc.). A club tournament Saturday had a 4 fish limit. Winning weight was over 16 lb, big fish was about 5.5 lb.
Crappie Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports the falling water has fish on the move, but they will bite when found. The Magnolia Crappie Club tournament last Saturday was won with 17.19 lb (7 fish); big fish was 2.72, and nearly 80% of teams brought in a 7 fish tournament limit. The Crappie Masters tournament is this Friday and Saturday. Best luck has been drifting or trolling jigs and/or minnows or pulling crankbaits 10 – 15 ft deep in 15 – 20 ft of water. Otherwise, fish standing timber along river and creek channels, creek mouths, or over other cover (brush tops, stake beds, etc.). Use bigger baits and/or fish deeper to target larger crappie. 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.
Bream Fish crickets or redworms 4 - 6 ft under a bobber near any cover.
Catfish Catfishing has been fairly slow. Fish natural baits in the rivers and creeks if there is rainfall runoff. Otherwise, fish main lake flats with rod-and-reel, jugs (noodles), or trotlines with various natural baits.
White Bass Fish jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits over sandy main lake points early AM or late PM. The main point between the two rivers is a prime spot. There are no size or number limits on white bass.

Fall starts this week, but it will feel like summer. Fall drawdown has fish on the move; they will concentrate in the rivers and creeks as they follow deeper channels to the main lake. Check water level trends; except for catfish, fishing is usually better on a slow fall than a fast rise. Water falling, fish deeper; water rising, fish shallower.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species

Species Type Length To Release
Crappie (combined black and white) Minimum Length Limit 12 inches and under

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Crappie (combined black and white) 15 There is a 40 crappie per boat limit for boats with 3 or more anglers.

Anglers may use no more than 4 poles per person and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole.

 


Spillway


The spillway had one gate open 11.0 ft (2765 cfs) Tuesday. Fall drawdown is underway. Fishing is better in the spillway when some water is being released, but not too much. Spillway fishing has been slow lately, except for a few catfish. There are still a lot of rough fish (gar, drum, etc.). Gar can be caught on a short piece of white, frayed nylon rope with no hooks (their teeth catch in the rope). They fight hard and often jump. For catfish, fish minnows (live or freshly dead), nightcrawlers, or other natural baits near the bottom under a slip-cork to keep the bait out of the rocks. For bass, fish crankbaits or spinnerbaits along the rocks; the rock point near the pier and old river run is a good spot. Spillway gate openings, flow rates, and spillway water levels can be obtained at (662)226-5911 or check at http://mvk-wc.usace.army.mil/docs/bullet.txt or http://www.mvk-wc.usace.army.mil/resrep.htm (click on 24-hour change for picture explanation of gate flow, spillway flow, etc.). Be sure to check the date on the table; it is usually updated midday. 

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 12-inch crappie length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway has a 15-crappie creel limit.


Water Level


Water level 209.10, falling 0.2 ft/day, 0.9 ft above rule curve Tuesday. Fall drawdown started August 1 and is supposed to reach winter pool (193 ft) by December 1. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain the rule curve. 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 (click on 24-hour change for picture explanation of gate flow, spillway flow, etc.). Be sure to check the date on the table; it is usually updated midday.


Additional Information

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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