Grenada Lake - 5/26/2015
Water level 219.09 ft, rising 0.6 ft/day; 4.1 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://126.96.36.199/offices/ed/edh/plots/grenplot.png for a graph. The lake is supposed to be maintained at summer pool (215 ft) from May 1 – August 1.
The lake is coming up quickly from recent heavy rains, with the rivers and creeks muddy. Best luck in this situation should be for catfish in inflowing water with various natural baits. Expect better fishing for crappie, bass, and other fish as the lake stabilizes and starts to clear up.
Collins’ Bait Shop (662)226-3581 and MDWFP angler creel surveys this past week showed most folks after crappie have been jigging or trolling jigs and/or minnows or crankbaits 5 to 9 ft deep a couple of feet off the bottom in creek mouths or in the main lake. A lot of short fish are being reported; use bigger baits to discourage smaller fish. Channel cats are moving toward rip-rap rocks; fish worms or other baits under a bobber. Lines and noodles (jugs) are also producing. Grabbling dropped off awhile when water temperatures fell last week, but picked back up again by the weekend. Most fish are blue cats; few flatheads have been seen yet. White bass are mostly back in the main lake; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points. There is no size or number limit on white bass. Largemouth bass are 2 – 6 ft deep where spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or other search lures fished over flooded cover on flats or secondary points in coves should draw strikes; look for clearer water.
The spillway had one gate open 2.0 ft (650 cfs) Tuesday. Expect the gates to be opened up more later this week if there’s no more rain. Crappie fishing in the spillway has dropped off, although some can be taken in the old river channel fishing minnows under a bobber. Best luck down here has been for blue catfish (white humpbacks) fishing nightcrawlers or minnows under a slip cork. Some folks have been catching hand-sized bream on worms or crickets.
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.