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Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 5/21/2019 3:19:29 PM

Water level 232.11, falling 0.1 ft/day, 17.1 ft over rule curve Tuesday. 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 will remain closed until the reservoir level drops below 226.0 ft.

The reservoir was flowing more than a foot deep over the emergency spillway Tuesday; the last time was in 1991. The overflow has become a photo destination; watch for cars and be safe.

Angler access is very limited due to ramps and parking lots being flooded. You cannot boat under the Gums or Graysport Crossing bridges, so put in at a ramp on the side of the bridge(s) where you plan to fish.

Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reported the fishing has been tough recently with high water and fish scattered. Best luck for crappie has been fishing bright colored (orange/chartreuse, black/chartreuse) jigs and/or a minnow 8 - 12 ft deep slow-trolling out from the trees in 16 - 20+ ft of water. Some folks have been pulling crankbaits. For Largemouth Bass, fish 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. White Bass are still in 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 flooded mudflats or in rainfall runoff; fish worms or stink baits with the gear of your choice (rod-and-reel, trotine, etc.). Trotlines have been doing best lately for Blue Catfish ("white river cats"). There was a recent report of some dead catfish on trotlines. Decaying flooded vegetation is using up the oxygen. Oxygen levels get worse in deeper water. Set your lines shallower and check them often; dead fish are ok to eat as long as they haven't spoiled in warm water. Grabbling will be challenging under flooded conditions. Fish worms under a bobber to see if Channel Catfish have started spawning in the rip-rap rocks. 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.

The spillway was releasing 2333 cfs Tuesday. Fishing is usually better with some current. Fish a jig and/or minnow in the old river run or other slack water for crappie. Catfishing is best on natural bait fished near the bottom. White Bass will hit crankbaits or jigs fished near the bottom in the current.

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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