Fishing & Boating


Weekly fishing reports will resume the week of February 17, 2020. Listed below are winter fishing tips and techniques for Grenada Lake.

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 - 12/3/2019 2:59:45 PM
Species Detail
Bass Fish soft plastics or a jig-n-pig around cover in the clearest water available, usually coves near the dam.
Crappie Best luck for crappie will be trolling or drifting in the main lake or jigging in any remaining cover with jigs and/or minnows. For up-to-date information contact Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581.
Bream Fish for bream with worms under a bobber around any cover on creek and river channel edges, sunken brush tops or stake beds, or rocks and rip-rap.
Catfish Catfishing is normally best fishing various natural baits on noodle (jugs) or trotlines over mudflats or on worms or stink baits in the rivers after rainfall.
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.

Winter fishing can be good since the fish often school tightly and/or are concentrated by low water. Fish bite better after a few warm, sunny days. Unlike summer, best bet is to fish midday on sunny banks. Check water level trends; except for catfish, fishing is usually better on a slow fall than a fast rise. Even in cold weather, catfish will feed in rainfall runoff.

Special Fishing Regulations


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.



Fishing is better down here when some water is being released, but not too much. For crappie, fish quieter water out of the current - either right on the rocks or in the old river run with jigs and/or minnows. Catfishing is best in eddies on natural bait fished near the bottom. White Bass will be in the current where you can drift a 2 jig rig just off bottom or fish small crankbaits or tailspinner lures. For largemouths, fish crankbaits right on 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

Winter fishing usually means limited ramp access. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain winter pool (193 ft) from December 1 until mid-January, then it should rise to 198 ft by March 1. High winter releases should mean good fishing in the spillway and old river run. Emergency spillway level is 231.0. 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.

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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