Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 3/20/2018 4:03:02 PM

Water level 220.55, stable, 19.2 ft over rule curve Tuesday. Rule curve is supposed to rise from 198 ft March 1 to summer pool (215 ft) by May 1. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain rule curve. 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 is high (about 44,300 acres at this level), but stabilizing and clearing. Call Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 for up-to-date information. The Magnolia Crappie Club/Big Mama tournament Saturday was won with 15.15 lbs (7 fish); big fish was 3.31. Fishing was tough in the wind Saturday with only 10 boats bringing in a 7 fish limit. Crappie are scattered in the flooded trees and brush; best reports have come from flooded fields and backwaters where it may be too shallow or walled off by trees and brush to access in a big boat. Others have been slow-trolling in deeper water out from shallow areas. The Crappie Masters 2 day tournament will be this Friday and Saturday. Expect the shallow bite to slow down with a cold front mid-week, but it should warm back up this weekend. The wild card will be the water level. For crappie use a jig with bright colors with or without a minnow. Few reports on anything else. White Bass should be moving up the rivers and creeks; fish jigs or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass.

The spillway had one gate open 1.0 ft (1000 cfs) Tuesday AM. The Corps will be trying to let out some water as soon as downstream flooding subsides; the Mississippi River is predicted to fall 10 ft by Sunday, so expect the gates to be opened accordingly. Other than a few catfish and White Bass, not many reports down here either. 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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