Water level 210.53 ft, falling 0.25 ft/day; 2.7 ft above
rule curve Tuesday. For water
level information, call (662)226-5911 or check at http://22.214.171.124/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt
for a table or http://ftp.mvk.usace.army.mil/offices/ed/edh/graphs1.htm
for a graph. Fall drawdown started August 1 with a target of 193 ft by December 1.
Collins’ Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports crappie fishing has
been relatively slow; best luck has been pulling crankbaits or spider-rigging
jigs and/or minnows 10 to 16 ft deep over dropoffs and ledges and deeper
channels and holes in the main lake. Numbers of fish are not high, but fish
landed are big. They have also received reports of crappie caught jigging
the Bryant Landing/Turkey Creek area fishing 6 ft deep in 10 ft of water. Catfish have been biting pretty much all over
any way you want to fish for them. Fish
in the rivers and creeks with worms or stinkbaits with the water falling or
fish main lake flats with 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. Falling water levels are pulling fish,
including largemouth bass, out of the backs of creeks into the deeper channels.
Fish spinnerbaits or topwaters on channel edges 4 – 6 ft deep early and late in
the day or Carolina rig soft plastics 10 – 15 ft deep on offshore structure or
As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish”
clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else. Those blobs are actually colonial animals
called bryozoans that filter plankton out of the water. Nibbling by fish causes the colony to
minimize its surface area to a round shape.
Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient
The spillway had one gate open 10.0 ft (2800 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck has been
for blue catfish with minnows, nightcrawlers or shad drifting just above bottom
with a heavy weight (and expect to lose it), either with or without a slip-cork. Every once in awhile, there are some crappie
caught, but no consistent pattern. Grenada
is producing the best of the four area spillways right now. 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.