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Date 14-Jun-17
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Conditions : Grenada Lake: ????? Water level 209.50 ft, stable, 5.5 ft below rule curve Tuesday. The Corps is supposed to maintain summer pool (215 ft) from May 1 to August 1

The water level rose about 0.6 ft this past week, flooding some smartweed and other vegetation.

Collins' Bait Shop (662) 226-3581 reports the best luck for crappie has been fishing 6 - 10 ft deep in 12 ft of water slow trolling a 1/8 - 1/4 oz florescent red or pink jig with a contrasting skirt or spinner-jig; for either, tip it with a minnow. Some fish can be taken jigging similar lures and depths along creek and river channel edges. So far the water has been a little cool for crankbait action. No reports at update time on the results of the Magnolia Crappie Club tournament this past Friday and Saturday. For catfish, fish various baits on trotlines or noodles (jugs). Channel cats are spawning in the rip-rap rock holes; worms fished under a bobber will work here. There have been some good reports on hand-grabbling lately for both Blue ("white river cats" or "white humpbacks") and Flathead Catfish. Most White Bass have been incidental catches by crappie anglers; they should be moving into the main lake and starting to congregate off sandy points to feed on shad where they can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. No reports on Largemouth Bass, but expect some to be in the shallow, flooded grass on creek, slough, or river channel edges where spinnerbaits, topwaters, or soft plastics should work; look for the clearest water available. Some bass have moved to main lake points where they should hold on any cover (brush tops, stake beds, etc.). As usual for this time of year, fish shallow early and late in the day and deeper mid-day.

The spillway had one gate open 0.5 ft (100 cfs) Tuesday to maintain a minimum flow in the river below. Best luck down here has been for catfish on various natural baits, especially nightcrawlers and chicken liver. White Bass ("stripes") can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There have been some recent reports of Largemouth Bass being taken fishing spinnerbaits or soft plastics along the banks below the spillway.

Reported by: MDWFP

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About: - Crappie spawning in Grenada normally starts the last week of March and lasts through the end of April, but it may vary a week or more depending on weather, moon phase, etc. Crappie spawned nearly a month later than normal the last couple of springs because a cold winter made main lake temperatures where crappie overwinter very cold. Main lake temperatures are warmer this winter and a more normal spawning time is expected unless we get an unusually cool spring. Not all crappie spawn at the same time; larger females usually spawn first and get the best spots. Black Crappie usually spawn earlier than White Crappie (males of both species get dark during the spawn; do not use color to tell the species apart).

MDWFP has completed fall, 2015, electrofishing. Fish populations showed improved spawning success with the last few years of higher water levels. There were very good numbers of crappie from the last 3 years (2013 white crappie averaged about 12 inches), as well as larger fish. Smaller largemouth bass were also abundant. White bass were less numerous than in recent years. Shad numbers were high and predator fish were plump.

Misc Info: - (2015) Starting July 22, 2015, 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.

Starting July 22, 2015, limits on black bass (largemouth and spotted) go to statewide limits: no size limit, 10 fish per person daily.

Grenda Lake Level



231' - Near Flood Stage

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