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Date 30-Jun-16
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Conditions : Grenada Lake: ????? Water level 215.89 ft, rising 0.05 ft/day, 0.9 ft over rule curve Tuesday. The lake is supposed to be maintained at 215 ft (summer pool) from May 1 to August 1. For water level information, call (662) 226-5911

Spotty heavy rainfall Monday caused a little rise on the lake. The folks at Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reported crappie fishing has been fair to good recently with the fish mostly in summer patterns. Best crappie reports lately have been pulling crankbaits 8 - 12 ft deep for suspended fish. Crankbaits are also bringing in some catfish and White Bass. Crappie can be caught at similar depths slow trolling jigs and/or minnows or jigging the same baits in standing timber on the edge of creek and river channels. 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. Most of the rain Monday soaked in, but if you find a tributary with some rainfall runoff, fish worms or stink baits there for catfish; otherwise, fish trotlines or drift natural baits with the wind on the bottom with rod-and-reel. Grabbling success has dropped off recently. Channel Catfish should be biting worms fished under a bobber over rip-rap on the dam and around the ramps. For Largemouth Bass, look for clearer water and fish soft plastics, crankbaits, or spinnerbaits on the edges of cover near deeper water (river or creek channels, etc.) or off secondary or 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 0.5 ft (100 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck down here has been for Blue Catfish (white humpbacks) fishing nightcrawlers or other baits just above bottom using a slipcork. Folks have been catching some crappie fishing 3 - 4 ft out from the rocks with a minnow under a cork. White Bass are also being taken fishing jigs with some chartreuse color in the faster water. Also, Largemouth Bass have been hitting various baits (soft plastics, spinnerbaits, etc.) fished on the 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



231' - Near Flood Stage

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