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Date 20-Apr-17
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Conditions : Grenada Lake: ????? Water level 207.67 ft, stable, 3.8 ft below rule curve Tuesday. 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. For water level information, call (662)226-5911

Monday's rain may raise the water level slightly, but not enough to push it up to rule curve. The water should continue to clear up unless we get another significant rain with runoff.

Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reports crappie fishing the past week has had off days, on days, depending on wind speed and direction. Fish bit late last week, but less over the weekend with the wind shifting easterly. A lot of crappie are still shallow (1.5 - 3 ft deep) where jigging and wading are producing fish in the major creeks. Pre- and post-spawn fish can be taken fishing 3 - 7 ft deep over dropoffs jigging or trolling out from spawning areas. Fish shallow bright colored (black/chartreuse, orange/charteuse, etc.) jigs and/or minnows. Bigger fish are relating to bottom structure and holding deeper. Both arms of the lake have been producing. On the Yalobusha side, Youngs Landing and Redgrass Creek have been getting good reports. On the Skuna River side, Torrance Landing is underwater, but you can get small boats in at Bryant Landing where Turkey Creek has been good. Most White Bass have been incidental catches by crappie anglers, but some are still spawning in the creeks and rivers where they can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Catfishing should be good in fishing worms and other baits in newly flooded areas with a variety of techniques (lines, noodles, rod-and-reel). No reports on Largemouth Bass, but expect some to be in the shallow, flooded grass in the backs of creek coves and pockets where spinnerbaits or buzzbaits should work; look for the clearest water available.

The spillway had one gate open 0.5 ft (100 cfs) Tuesday. Despite the lack of water here, there was a report of some good crappie taken fishing a jig under a bobber. White Bass ("stripes" can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. Small catfish have been hitting worms or other baits fished near the bottom. Someone reported a 9+ lb Largemouth Bass from the spillway this past week, but details (bait, picture, scales, etc.) were lacking.

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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