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Fishing Report

Grenada Lake - 4/13/2021 3:50:03 PM
Species Detail
Bass Largemouth Bass are moving into creeks and smaller coves as they get ready to spawn. Fish soft plastics, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or bladed jigs near any cover.
Crappie Collins' Bait Shop 662-226-3581 reports crappie fishing was tough last week with rising, muddy water. Fish 2 – 5 ft deep in the upper arms (ex. Gums Crossing, Graysport, Youngs landings) or backs of creeks. Fish are scattered in flooded vegetation; wading has been a popular option. Fish a black, red, or orange/chartreuse jig and/or minnow 5 – 10 ft deep near cover.
Bream Bream are in the same areas as bass. Fish redworms under a bobber.
Catfish Fish worms or stink baits in the rivers and creeks if there is rainfall runoff. Otherwise, fish various natural baits on noodles (jugs) or trotlines over flooded flats.
White Bass White Bass are on their spawning run up the rivers and creeks; fish jigs or small crankbaits. Otherwise, use the same baits over sandy main lake points.

Grenada got more rain runoff last week than the other Big 4 reservoirs. Expect fishing to improve as the water stabilizes and clears up. Cool weather is predicted this week, so fish should not rush through spawning. Water falling, fish deeper; water rising, fish shallower.

Crappie start to spawn when average daily water temperature at “fish depth” is about 58, peak at about 65, and end at about 80 F. Timing and duration of the spawn depends on temperature and water level trends, weather fronts, and moon phases. Fish will spawn shallower in rising water, deeper in falling water. Bigger females usually spawn first. Males of any size can be caught throughout the spawn. Males will stay on the nest until eggs hatch and fry swim up (4 - 7 days) even if the water rises or falls (unless the nest gets too shallow). Males of both Black and White Crappie get darker during the spawn; females do not change color. Historically, crappie spawn on the flood control reservoirs from the last week of March until about the first week of May, but it may shift earlier, later, or be split into two or more peaks due to weather and water fluctuations.

MDWFP electrofishing completed in November 2020 found bass in 5 ft or less; crappie were usually 5 ft deep or deeper. Most bass were less than 2 pounds, but they ranged up to 6. Bream and catfish were with the bass, and White Bass were over sandy banks. All sizes of crappie up to nearly 3 lb were seen. All trophy crappie were Ages 5+ or 6+ years old (now Ages 6 or 7 this spring; hatched 2015 or 2014).

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 3.0 ft (1020 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 as it is not always updated daily. Fishing is better when some water is being released, but not too much. Depending on rainfall, expect the gates to be slowly opened later this week. White Bass, Largemouth Bass, crappie, and catfish are being caught. For crappie, fish jigs and/or minnows under a weighted bobber either along the rocks or in the old river run. White Bass and a few largemouths are biting crankbaits and tailspinner lures; White Bass are averaging about 2 lb. White Bass are in the current, largemouths are along the rocks or other off-current areas. For catfish, fish nightcrawlers under a slip bobber just off the bottom. For crappie, fish the old river run or along the rocks with a jig and/or minnow under a bobber.

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 222.72 ft, rising 0.1 ft/day, 12.9 ft above rule curve Tuesday. The water level is supposed to rise from 198 ft on March 1 to summer pool (215 ft) 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 (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.


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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