Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 7/16/2019 1:58:57 PM

Water level 226.34, stable, 11.3 ft over rule curve Tuesday. Water levels are supposed to be at 215 ft (summer pool) from May 1 until August 1. Emergency spillway level is 231.0. 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 Gums Crossing bridge is closed due to damage to the pilings during high inflow in February. To get to Gums Crossing ramp or the Yalobusha side from Coffeeville means driving around though Grenada and Gore Springs. The road across the top of the dam will remain closed until the reservoir level drops below 226.0 ft.

The reservoir is stable, but rains were still ongoing Tuesday. Although there is rainfall runoff, the water has not risen and disrupted the fishing pattern too much yet. Angler access is still limited due to high water, but improving.

Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports best luck for crappie has been fishing crankbaits about 1.5 mph 12 - 16 ft deep in 16 - 20+ ft of water outside the trees, in creek mouths, and in the main lake. Some are slow trolling jigs and/or minnows in the same depths and areas. Some anglers are reporting a higher percentage of keepers fishing deeper, faster, and/or using crankbaits. For Largemouth Bass, fish 4 to 12 ft deep around cover in the clearest water available. A spinnerbait or buzzbait covers a lot of water to locate fish; have a weedless soft plastic rigged on another rod in case you miss a strike. Fish shallower early and late and deeper midday. Check out secondary points in the mouths of major creek coves and main lake points. White Bass are moving to the main lake to feed on small shad. Fish jigs or small crankbaits over sandbars in the channels or over sandy points early and late in the day. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Grenada, just White Bass that have no size or number limits. As long as there is rainfall runoff, expect it to trigger a catfish bite in the rivers and creeks on worms or stink baits. Otherwise, fish whatever gear you want to use with shad, shiners, cut bait, worms, etc. Flooding allows bream to fatten up and grow quickly; fish for spawners over a firm bottom (flooded roads, parking lots, 4-wheeler trails, etc) using worms or crickets 1.5 - 4 ft deep under a bobber. Full moon is Tuesday.

The spillway was releasing 721 cfs Tuesday. One gate was just opened and gates should open up more later in the week. Fishing is better down here when some water is being released. Best luck down here has been for catfish on natural bait fished near the bottom under a big slip float or big cork (bobber) and a 1 - 2 oz weight. Fish shad or live or cut bait for big fish, nightcrawlers or minnows for smaller ones. Quite a few Flathead Catfish have been landed recently on live bait (goldfish, pond perch). White Bass will hit crankbaits or jigs fished near the bottom in the current. Fish a jig and/or minnow in the old river run or other slack water for crappie. 

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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