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Boat ramp access will become limited as the water level falls.


Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 11/30/2021 7:30:19 PM
Species Detail
Bass Fish jerkbaits, jigs, and/or soft plastics 4 - 8 ft deep on main lake points (any cover helps), as well as humps, ledges, and flooded roadbeds and bridges. Also, fish any cover on river and creek channel edges where the water is in the channels or up to 4 ft over the banks. Folks walking creek banks should be able to catch a few.
Crappie Collins' Bait Shop 662-226-3581 reports best luck has either been scoping jigs for fish suspended in flooded timber or over other cover (stake beds, etc.) or trolling jigs and/or minnows 6 – 10 ft deep (or deeper) in the main lake. Trollers are catching some catfish and white bass. A lot of short crappie are being caught; use bigger baits and fish deeper to target larger crappie. Replace treble hooks with single hooks and/or pinch down the barbs to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish.
Bream Few reports lately. Bream should be in the same areas as bass.
Catfish Fish natural baits in the rivers and creeks as fish move to the main lake. Otherwise, fish natural baits (ex. shad, flavored chicken) over main lake flats with lines, jugs (noodles), or rod-and-reel.
White Bass Fish jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits off sandy points early and late in the day; Choctaw Point and the main lake point where the rivers meet are good spots. There are no size or number limits on White Bass.

Water levels are falling faster than usual, which means fish are moving out faster. All kinds of fish will be using deeper water (river, creeks, sloughs) to move to the main lake. Water falling, fish deeper; water rising, fish shallower.

Normal timing of fall drawdown lets vegetation colonize and grow on exposed mudflats until killed by frost. High water and late drawdowns prevent that growth. Next spring, the water will rise over bare mudflats with no vegetation to provide fish habitat and wave protection.

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 two gates open 5.0 ft and one open 14.0 ft (4630 cfs) Tuesday. Spillway gate openings, flow rates, and spillway water levels can be obtained at (662)226-5911 or check at http://mvk-wc.usace.army.mil/docs/bullet.txt or http://www.mvk-wc.usace.army.mil/resrep.htm (click on 24 hour change for picture explanation of gate flow, spillway flow, etc.). Be sure to check the date on the table; it is usually updated midday. Fishing is better when some water is being released, but not too much. Crappie fishing has picked up in the old river run fishing jigs and/or minnows (expect the occasional catfish). For catfish, fish nightcrawlers, cut shad and other natural baits under a big slip cork held just above the bottom with a 1 - 2 oz weight. A few largemouths are biting crankbaits and spinnerbaits along the rocks.

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 203.58, falling 0.4 ft/day, 10.6 ft above rule curve Tuesday. Water levels are supposed to fall from 215 ft (summer pool) on July 29 to 193 ft (winter pool) on December 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; it is usually updated midday.


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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