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Date 08-Sep-16
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Conditions : Grenada Lake: ????? Water level 210.95 ft, falling about 0.2 ft/day, 0.7 ft over rule curve Tuesday. Fall drawdown is supposed to start August 1 with a target to reach winter pool (193 ft) by December 1. For water level information, call (662) 226-5911

Fall drawdown is in progress and fish are relating to deeper water (creek and river channels) as the lake falls. The folks at Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reported crappie fishing has been fairly good recently with fish being caught from 8 - 16 ft deep with the early morning bite best. Most folks are pulling crankbaits (blue or pink have been producing), but some are pushing or drifting jigs and/or big minnows for fish suspended off main lake points or over humps, ledges, and channels in the main lake and creek mouths. The north and south sides of the Yalobusha arm have been productive. Crankbaits are also bringing in some catfish and White Bass. Crappie can be caught at similar depths jigging in brush tops, stake beds, or standing timber on or near channel edges. There are a lot of reports of short fish. Use bigger baits and fish deeper to discourage smaller fish. Replace treble hooks with singles and/or pinch down the barbs to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish. With summer thunderstorms, if you find a tributary with some rainfall runoff, fish worms or stink baits there for catfish; otherwise, fish trotlines or noodles (jugs) or drift natural baits on the bottom with rod-and-reel. For Largemouth Bass, look for clearer water and fish soft plastics or crankbaits on the edges of river or creek channels or off main lake points. As usual this time of year, fish shallower early and late in the day and deeper midday. Fish for White Bass with jigs or small crankbaits over sandy, main lake points; where the two rivers meet is a perennial hotspot for White bass. There are no size or number limits on White Bass.

The spillway had one gate open 10.0 ft (1700 cfs) Tuesday. There is a lot of water coming through, so use enough weight to reach bottom. Best luck down here has been for Blue Catfish (white humpbacks) fishing minnows or nightcrawlers just above bottom using a slipcork. If you want Flathead Catfish, fish live bait like big minnows or goldfish with plenty of weight near the wing walls. White Bass are also being taken fishing jigs or small crankbaits with some chartreuse color in the faster water. The bad smell in the spillway is hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg gas) that is in solution in deep water where there is no oxygen in the upper lake. As deep water is drawn through the dam, the gas comes out of solution in the spillway when the water is re-oxygenated by splashing down the tunnel and rocks.

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

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231' - Near Flood Stage


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