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Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 4/17/2019 3:25:37 PM

Water level 229.51, rising 0.1 ft/day, 18.3 ft over rule curve Wednesday. Water levels are supposed to rise from 198 ft March 1 to 215 ft (summer pool) by May 1. Emergency spillway level is 231.0. 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 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 was closed again when the reservoir level exceeded 226.0 ft. Angler access is limited due to flooding.

Crappie start spawning when average daily water temperature is about 58 F, peak at about 65 - 68 F, and end at about 80 F. It is cooler at "fish depth" than at the surface. Timing and duration of the spawn depends on temperature and water level trends, weather, and, to a lesser extent, moon phase. Fish will spawn shallower in rising water, deeper in falling water. Bigger females usually spawn first. Males of any size can be caught throughout the spawn. Males will stay on the nest until eggs hatch and fry swim up (4 - 7 days) even if the water rises or falls (unless the nest gets too shallow). Males of both Black and White Crappie get darker on their throat and sides during the spawn when in clear water; males from muddy water will be paler. Females do not change color.

Wednesday the water level was about 1.5 ft below the emergency spillway. It may go over it depending on how much rain falls this week. Rising water usually generates a new run of fish to the banks spawning shallow, but many females (not all) caught here recently were spent. MDWFP electrofishing Tuesday found few crappie up shallow and those very scattered.

A fruit jar tournament Saturday fished in the wind and rain and the winning weight was 13.74 lb (7 fish); big fish was 2.63. Not many boats brought in a 7 fish tournament limit. Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reported the recent rain and rise has made fishing conditions challenging and further scattered crappie in flooded vegetation. Best luck has been fishing bright colored (orange/chartreuse, black/chartreuse) jigs with or without a minnow 2 - 5 ft deep either by boat or slow-trolling; few wading reports recently. For Largemouth Bass, fish around cover in the clearest water available, usually far back in creek coves a few days after the runoff stops. A spinnerbait or buzzbait covers a lot of water; have a weedless soft plastic rigged on another rod in case you miss a strike. Males should be starting to look for bedding areas. Gravel roads and 4-wheeler trails through flooded vegetation are bedding bass magnets because of the firm bottom. White Bass have moved into the rivers and creeks where they can be taken on jigs or small crankbaits fished over sandbars. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Grenada, just White Bass that have no size or number limits. Catfish will bite over newly flooded mudflats or in rainfall runoff; fish worms or stink baits with the gear of your choice (rod-and-reel, trotine, etc.). Lines have been doing best lately on 5 - 7 lb Blue Catfish ("white river cats"). This is a good time to bowfish for rough fish (carp, gar, and buffalo) in flooded fields (check out the back of Perry Creek).

The spillway had all gates closed (0 cfs) Wednesday. Whether they open up later this week will depend on how much rain falls and Mississippi River levels. Fishing is usually better with some current, but all kinds of fish have been caught lately even with the gates closed. Fish jigs and/or minnows under a bobber on the rocks (White Bass or crappie) or in the old river run (crappie). Catfishing is best on natural bait fished near the bottom.

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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