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Date 21-Mar-17
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Conditions : Grenada Lake: ????? Water level 203.34 ft, falling 0.1 ft/day, 2.6 ft above rule curve Monday. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to maintain rule curve; it is supposed to rise from 198 ft on March 1 to summer pool (215 ft) by May 1

Last week's cold temperatures and wind made fishing difficult and set the fish back awhile, but did not produce enough rain to raise water levels. Warmer temperatures this week should have fish moving shallower, but don't expect much rain or rise until late in the week.

Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports most crappie recently have come from the Choctaw Landing to South Graysport Landing to Redgrass Creek area slow trolling out from the timber or jigging in the timber fishing 3 - 6 ft deep in 4 - 8 ft of water. Big fish may be holding deeper. Few reports from the Skuna side where water levels are making getting around difficult. The Magnolia Crappie Club tournament this past Saturday fished under rainy, windy conditions, but still managed to bring in a winning weight of 15.78 lb (7 fish); big fish was 3.09. This Friday and Saturday will be the Crappie Masters tournament. A strong front, possibly severe, is predicted for Friday night. Watch the weather and boat safely. No reports on Largemouth Bass. White Bass are starting to run up the creeks and rivers where they can be taken with jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Catfish can be taken using noodles (jugs) or trotlines with shad or other baits over mudflats.

The spillway had one gate open 2.0 ft (500 cfs) Monday. About the best reports here have been catfishing natural baits near the bottom. If there are any White Bass running yet, they will be in the current where you can drift a 2 jig rig just off bottom or fish small crankbaits or tailspinner lures. For crappie, fish a jig and/or minnow under a bobber off the rocks or in the old river run.

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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