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Boat ramps on COE reservoirs will remain open. See https://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/2135323/vicksburg-district-to-keep-boat-ramps-nature-trails-open-at-north-mississippi-l/

Boat access and parking is improving as the water level is falling.

The Gums Crossing bridge is still closed due to damage to the pilings during high inflow in February 2019. To get to Gums Crossing ramp or the Yalobusha side from Coffeeville means driving around though Grenada and Gore Springs. Wind and wave action damaged the Graysport Crossing berm between the bridges, but both lanes are now open.

The road across the dam is open with the reservoir level below 226 ft.


Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 7/7/2020 3:04:06 PM
Species Detail
Bass Largemouth Bass will be following channels (rivers, creeks, ditches, etc.) with the water falling as they move to main lake points, humps, and flooded road beds. Fish topwaters at dawn, dusk, or at night and spinnerbaits, bladed jigs, or soft plastics during the day.
Crappie Expect extra boats on the water with a make-up Magnolia Crappie Club tournament this Saturday. Crappie fishing has improved lately as the water is falling. Fishing is still spotty; find the shad, find the crappie. Fish are being caught 14 - 16 ft deep in 18 - 20 ft of water. Most folks are pulling crankbaits in the main lake between the rivers over deeper structure. Expect the occasional catfish, White Bass, or small Largemouth Bass. Use bigger baits to catch more keepers and less short crappie. Please replace treble hooks with single hooks and/or pinch down the barbs to reduce damage and increase survival of small fish. Contact Collins' Bait Shop 662-226-3581 for updates.
Bream Most bream are in similar places as bass. Fish worms or crickets 4 - 8 ft deep under a bobber near channel edges around stumps, brush tops, stake beds, etc.
Catfish Catfishing is starting to improve as spawning is ending. Use various natural baits on rod-and-reel, noodles (jugs), or trotlines in tributaries or over deeper main lake flats. Fish worms or stinkbaits in the rivers and creeks if we get rainfall runoff. Grabbling success has started to pick up recently. Grabbling season ends July 15.
White Bass Best luck for White Bass has been around the Graysport bridges and the main lake point. Fish jigs or small crankbaits around the bridges or over sand-bottomed main lake points. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Grenada, just White Bass which have no size or number limits.

Grenada is the second highest above rule curve of the Big Four, but the water level is falling. Fish will be following the water as it falls or rises. Fish in or near tributaries, ditches, and other travel routes. Water falling, fish deeper; water rising, fish shallower.

 

Special Fishing Regulations


Species

Species Type Length To Release
Crappie (combined black and white) Minimum Length Limit 12 inches and under

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Crappie (combined black and white) 15 There is a 40 crappie per boat limit for boats with 3 or more anglers.

Anglers may use no more than 4 poles per person and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole.

 


Spillway


The spillway had one gate open 13.0 ft (4230 cfs) Tuesday. Fishing is better down here when some water is being released, but not too much. Both sides of the spillway are now open; bank anglers can spread out and boaters can access the ramp in the old river run. Catfishing in the spillway has slowed down some recently. Fish minnows, nightcrawlers, or cut shad under a slip cork 8 - 10 ft deep just over the rocks. For flatheads, fish live bait such as goldfish or bream. Folks have been catching a few crappie fishing a jig and/or minnow under a cork off the rocks or in the old river run. For bream, fish near the rocks with crickets under a bobber. If you want to catch Largemouth Bass, fish spinnerbaits or crankbaits right along the rocks or farther on down the river. The pier has been giving up a mixed bag of catfish, crappie, and bass.

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 12 inch crappie length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway has a 15 crappie creel limit.


Water Level


Water level 222.57, falling 0.1 ft/day, 7.6 ft over rule curve Tuesday. The water is supposed to be at summer pool (215 ft) from May 1 until August 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 (click on 24 hour change for picture explanation of gate flow, spillway flow, etc.). Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

Contact the Corps of Engineers office at (662)226-5911 for available ramps at current water levels.


Additional Information

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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