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Grenada Lake - 9/18/2018 4:23:07 PM

Water level 211.50, stable, 3.0 ft over rule curve Tuesday. Fall drawdown is supposed to start August 1 and reach winter pool (193 ft) by December 1. For water level information, call (662)226-5911 or check at http://mvk-wc.usace.army.mil/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://mvk-wc.usace.army.mil/plots/grenplot.png for a graph or http://www.mvk-wc.usace.army.mil/resrep.htm for both. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

The water level is stable because the spillway gates are closed for work in the spillway. Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports crappie are in summer patterns off main lake points, major creek mouths, out from the dam, and over old river channels. Fish have been suspended 12 - 16 ft deep in 16 - 20+ ft of water and folks have either been pushing minnows or pulling crankbaits. The American Crappie Trail (ACT) tournament on the 14th and 15th was won with 28.17 lb (14 fish); big fish was 2.65. Teams down to 63rd place had over 20 lb for the two days. Both crankbaits and jig/minnows caught fish in both arms of the lake. Catfish and White Bass may bite baits meant for crappie. Quite a few short crappie have been reported. 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. Best reports on catfish have been fishing flavored chicken about 6 ft under noodles (jugs) on ridges near drop-offs. Various natural baits fished on trotlines or rod-and-reel have been working pretty much anywhere. Head to the rivers and creeks with worms or stinkbaits if there is any runoff from local rains. White Bass are feeding on shad off main lake points very early and late in the day (and sometimes midday); fish jigs or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Grenada; just White Bass. Largemouth Bass reports have been few, but the few going have been catching them. Fish main lake points, humps, creek mouths, and flooded roadbeds; any cover (stumps, brush tops, etc.) is a plus. Bass are also in creek and river channels as they are pulled off the flats and into deeper water. Look for the clearest water available (Okachickama, Knight, 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 and they have seen little other than crappie lures. Fish topwaters or spinnerbaits shallow early and late and crankbaits or soft plastics deep midday.

As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, etc. or floating in the water. These are actually colonial animals called bryozoans. They are like coral, but with a jelly-like rather than stony matrix. Like coral, they filter plankton out of the water.  Nibbling by fish causes the colony to become rounded.  Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.

Classic fall turnover occurs when cooling surface waters become dense enough to mix with cooler, deeper, low oxygenated water. The water becomes about the same temperature top to bottom and oxygen levels decline from mixing with the deeper water; fish can be anywhere and may bite less due to lower oxygen levels. However, fall turnover on the flood control reservoirs is different because the spillway pulls out most of the deeper, low oxygen water by then. Turnover usually happens on these reservoirs in late September or early October; although the fish are not lethargic from low oxygen, they still may be scattered and hard to find.

The spillway gates were all closed (0 cfs) Tuesday, but the spillway was not dewatered. Expect fishing to be minimal until the gates are reopened. 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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