Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 8/7/2018 3:30:52 PM

Water level 214.87, stable, 0.7 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 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 extremely slowly and the spillway gates have been cut back as the reservoir gets closer to rule curve. Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports crappie fishing success on jigs and/or minnows vs crankbaits has been varying day-to-day; you may have to try both to see which works better. Minnows have had the edge lately. Crappie are in summer patterns off main lake points, out from the dam, and over old river channels. Fish have been suspended 14 - 16 ft deep in 16 - 20+ ft of water. 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; 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. 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.

The spillway had one gate open 2.0 ft (630 cfs) Tuesday AM. Catfishing has been off and on down here with the lower outflow; fish natural baits (cut shad, big minnows, nightcrawlers, etc.) just above bottom (about 8 ft deep) using a heavy weight under a big slip-bobber. Flatheads, channels, and blues have all been caught recently. A few crappie have been taken fishing jigs/minnows under a bobber either in the spillway or in the old river run. Check out the new fishing pier where the spillway channel meets the old river run; catfish have been caught there also.

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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