Water level 209.9 ft, falling 0.25 ft/day; 1.3 ft above rule curve Monday. 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 drawn down from summer pool (215 ft) to winter pool (193 ft) from August 1 – December 1.
Collins’ Bait Shop (662) 226-3581 and MDWFP angler creel surveys this past week showed crappie fishing has been best in the main lake from Skuna-Turkey ramp to Carver Point pushing jigs and/or minnows anywhere from 6 – 16 ft deep. Some folks have been catching keeper crappie fishing standing timber along the river channel in the Graysport and Skuna-Turkey areas. A lot of short fish are being reported; use bigger baits and fish deeper to discourage smaller fish. Pinch down the barbs on hooks to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish. Quite a few blue catfish and white bass have been hitting baits meant for crappie. Catfish have been biting natural baits (chicken liver, flavored chicken, cut shad, etc.) on lines, or rod-and-reel in the rivers and creeks and noodles (jugs) in the main lake over flats. White bass are in the main lake feeding on shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points in the evenings. Where the two rivers join is usually the best spot for “stripes”; also check out the river channels in the upper ends of the lake arms. There is no size or number limit on white bass. For largemouth bass, fish spinnerbaits or crankbaits shallow near cover on the edges of creeks and rivers as the lake falls. In the main lake, fish crankbaits or soft plastics deep on channel edges or off main lake points midday.
As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else. These are actually colonial animals (like coral) that filter plankton out of the water. Nibbling by fish results in a rounded colony. Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.
The spillway had one gate open 13.0 ft (3700 cfs) Monday. The best thing going down here has been catfishing early in the morning, but it is difficult with so much water coming through. There have been some reports of catching crappie on down the spillway along the rocks fishing jigs 7 ft deep under a cork.