Grenada Lake - 4/21/2015
Water level 215.68 ft, stable; 3.8 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662)226-5911 or check at http://184.108.40.206/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://220.127.116.11/offices/ed/edh/plots/grenplot.png for a graph. The lake should rise from 198 ft March 1 to summer pool (215 ft) May 1.
The lake came up 3 ft since last Tuesday, muddying up the upper ends and putting a damper on fishing. Recent weather has also made fishing challenging. Collins’ Bait Shop (662)226-3581 and MDWFP angler creel surveys this past week indicated a lot (not all) of females have spawned. Crappie have been scattered with the lake rising and fronts moving through. Most folks have either been slow trolling 5 to 7 ft deep out from spawning areas or in the main lake. Expect a late wave of crappie to hit the banks when the water level stabilizes. Fish the backs of creeks or flats with cover (dead coffeeweed has been good) 2 – 4 ft deep (boating or wading) with bright (black/chartreuse, orange/chartreuse, black/pink) jigs and/or minnows. With the fresh water coming in and the lake rising, catfish have been biting about any bait any way you want to fish for them. White bass are starting to move back down the river and creeks; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits. There is no size or number limit on white bass. No reports on anything else. Largemouth bass have moved into 1 – 4 ft of water (look for the clearest water you can find) where spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or other search lures fished over flooded cover on flats or backs of coves should draw strikes.
The spillway had one gate open 2.0 ft (600 cfs) Tuesday. Crappie fishing in the spillway has dropped off. Best luck down here has been for blue catfish (white humpbacks) fishing nightcrawlers under a slip cork. Expect better success when they open the gates back up.
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.