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Grenada Lake - 7/22/2014

 Water level 219.65 ft, rising 0.1 ft/day; 4.7 ft above rule curve Tuesday.   For water level information, call (662)226-5911 or check at  for a table or http://ftp.mvk.usace.army.mil/offices/ed/edh/graphs1.htm for a graph.  The lake is supposed to be maintained at summer pool (215 ft) from May 1 – August 1.


The lake jumped about 2 ft since last week; extremely unusual for this time of year.  Expect the rise to put off bass and crappie but improve catfishing in inflowing waters.  As the water stabilizes and starts to fall later this week, expect catfishing to slack off and other species to improve.  Collins’ Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports one party has been consistently bringing in decent catches of good crappie fishing 15 to 20 ft deep over a dropoff on the main lake with jigs and minnows.  Other folks fishing shallower with crankbaits or spider rigging haven’t been doing as well.  Fish for catfish in the rivers and creeks with worms or stinkbaits as long as the runoff lasts.  Afterwards, expect them to move to main lake flats where they can be taken by lines, noodles (jugs), or rod-and-reel with various natural baits.  Look for white bass schooling on shad in the main lake; fish over sandy, main lake points with small shad-colored crankbaits or jigs.  Best luck on largemouth bass has been fishing spinnerbaits or topwaters in clearer water on channel edges in the backs of creeks closer to the dam early and late in the day.  Some bass have moved onto points 6 – 8 ft deep where Carolina rigged soft plastics will work midday.


The spillway had one gate open 5.5 ft (1800 cfs) Tuesday.  Best luck has been for catfish on nightcrawlers, catalpa worms, or shad.  There have been a lot of rough fish (carp, buffalo) caught recently, including some Asian carp.  Largemouth bass have been hitting crankbaits fished on the rip-rap rocks. The bad smell in the spillway is hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg gas) that is in solution in deep water where there is no oxygen in the upper lake.  As deep water is drawn through the dam, the gas comes out of solution in the spillway when the water is re-oxygenated with splashing down the tunnel and rocks.


Contact the COE office (662)226-6090 for accessible ramps at current water levels.


The daily creel limit for crappie on Grenada Lake is 20 per person. Crappie must be over 12 inches. Anglers fishing Grenada Lake may use no more than 3 poles per person and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole. There is a 50 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 20 crappie creel limit.

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