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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.

 

 

 


Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 11/12/2019 3:12:59 PM
Species Detail
Bass For Largemouth Bass, fish 4 to 12 ft deep around cover in the clearest water available. A spinnerbait, buzzbait, or crankbait covers a lot of water, but have a soft plastic with your rig of choice on another rod in case you miss a strike. Fish shallower early and late and deeper midday. Fish the rivers or creeks where the water is just pulling into the banks, off main lake points, or over flooded roadbeds (especially bridges).
Crappie Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports the cold weather will slow the crappie fishing down. Best luck has been slow trolling jigs and/or minnows 6 - 12 ft deep in 10 - 14+ ft of water in creek mouths and over main lake structure (channels, points, roadbeds, etc.). Graysport to Carver Point have been popular areas. Trollers may pick up some catfish or White Bass. Although some good fish are being caught, a lot of short fish are being released. 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 Fish for bream with worms or crickets 3 to 6 ft deep under a bobber around any cover on creek and river channel edges, sunken brush tops/stake beds, or rocks or rip-rap.
Catfish Fish for catfish in the rivers and creeks on worms or stink baits with any rainfall runoff. Otherwise, fish whatever gear you want to use (lines, noodles, rod-and-reel) with various natural baits over main lake flats or in the channels where the water is just pulling into the banks.
White Bass White Bass are in the main lake feeding on small shad. Fish jigs or small crankbaits over sandy points early and late in the day. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Grenada, just White Bass that have no size or number limits.

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 was releasing 4815 cfs Tuesday PM. Gate operations will depend on rainfall this week. Fishing is better down here when some water is being released. Catfishing has slowed down recently; fish near the bottom under a big slip float or cork (bobber) and a 1 - 2 oz weight. Fish shad or live or cut bait for big fish, nightcrawlers or minnows for smaller ones. White Bass will hit crankbaits or jigs fished near the bottom in the current. A few crappie have started showing up lately fishing close to the rocks or out of the current (eddies, old river run). Largemouth Bass have been caught fishing a white spinnerbait 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 204.30, falling 0.3 ft/day, 6.5 ft over rule curve Tuesday. Water levels are supposed to fall from 215 ft (summer pool) from 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. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

Fall drawdown is underway. Fish will follow the rivers, creeks, and ditches towards deeper water.

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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