Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 6/12/2018 5:04:47 PM

Water level 217.10, falling 0.1 ft/day, 2.1 ft over rule curve Tuesday. The water level is supposed to be at summer pool (215 ft) from May 1 until August 1. For water level information, call (662)226-5911 or check at for a table or for a graph or for both. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

The water level is falling slowly. Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports crappie fishing has slowed down some recently, but they can be caught. The Thunder on the Water tournament Saturday was won with 13.11 lb (7 fish), big fish was 2.37. The larger Magnolia Crappie Club tournament was won with over 14 b (7 fish), big fish was 2.89. Crappie are in summer patterns off main lake points and over summer holes. Fish have been suspended 12 - 14 ft deep with best luck pushing jigs and/or minnows or pulling crankbaits. To return short fish alive and in good shape, PLEASE replace treble hooks with singles, especially the rear hook on crankbaits, and/or pinch the barbs down to make unhooking easier. Losing a few fish is better than killing a lot. Catfishing has slowed down, signaling they are more interested in spawning than food. Best reports have been fishing natural baits on trotlines or noodles (jugs) pretty much anywhere in the lake. Few reports on grabbling. Most White Bass are in the main lake and are being taken by folks after crappie. They should start feeding on shad off main lake points early and late in the day; fish jigs or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. There was a bass tournament this past Saturday also, but no results were available. There have been very few bass reports lately. Bass have been on main lake points on the other reservoirs; if not, look for the clearest water available (Okachickama, Redgrass, Perry, or Wolf Creeks are usually good). Any lure appropriate for conditions (spinnerbait, soft plastics, etc.) should work since there has been very little bass fishing here.

The spillway was releasing 1600 cfs Tuesday AM. The Corps is closing in on the reservoir rule curve and has cut back the flow recently. Catfishing has been good down here; fish natural baits (cut shad, big minnows, nightcrawlers, etc.) just above bottom using a heavy weight under a slip-bobber. Several reports of Flathead Catfish ("yellow cats") have been made recently with one weighing 65 lb taken last week. There have been a very few crappie taken in the old river run. Check out the new fishing pier where the spillway channel meets the old river run.

All fish captured and kept with dip or landing nets, cast nets, boat mounted scoops, wire baskets, minnow seines, and minnow traps in the spillway areas bordered by rip rap must be immediately placed on ice or in a dry container. Game fish caught with these gears must be released. This regulation was enacted to reduce the potential of transferring harmful Asian carps to the reservoir or other waters.

The daily creel limit for crappie is 15 per person. Crappie must be over 12 inches. Anglers may use no more than 4 poles per person and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole. There is a 40 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 15 crappie creel limit.

Limits on Black Bass (Largemouth and Spotted Bass) are statewide limits: no size limit, 10 fish per person daily.

Contact the COE office (662) 226-5911 for accessible ramps at current water levels.

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Biologists use various sampling methods to assess the fish populations in the State’s waters.   Sampling results for selected water bodies are summarized in Reel Facts Sheets.

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