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Grenada Lake - 10/21/2014

Water level 208.9 ft, falling 0.2 ft/day; 4.9 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.  Fall drawdown started August 1 with a target of 193 ft by December 1.


With the lake on a slow fall, expect most fishing to pick up a little. Fishing has improved, water level stabilizing and starting to clear and fall. Collins’ Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports best luck for crappie has been spider rigging minnows 8 – 16 ft deep, but no reports of many big fish yet. Crappies are still scattered try fishing mouth of creeks and river. For catfish, fish in the rivers and creeks with worms, shad or stink 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.  When the lake resumes falling, it will pull 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 6 - 10 ft deep on offshore structure or points midday.


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 animals.


The spillway had one gate open 11.0 ft (2900 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.


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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