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Grenada Lake Sponsored by
Date 11-Oct-17
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Conditions : Grenada Lake: ????? The reservoir is on fall drawdown. Water temperatures are in the upper 70s to low 80s. Fall drawdown concentrates fish in creek and river channels as they move out into the main lake; predators feed on bait fish pulled out of the shallows.

Collins' Bait Shop (662) 226-3581 reports crappie anglers have either been pulling crankbaits or pushing jigs and/or minnows 6 to 15 ft deep (8 to 10 ft has been best) over deep structure (channels and ledges) in the main lake. Out from the dam, Carver Point, Jack's Slough, creek mouths, and over old river channels have been popular areas. Crappie are usually shallower at sunrise and move deeper midday. A recent club crappie tournament was won with 13.96 lb (7 fish); big fish was 2.54. Over half the teams weighed in 7 fish, indicating folks were finding and catching fish even though the weather was challenging. Although some catfish have been taken crappie fishing, fish for catfish with worms or stink baits in the creeks and rivers if there is any rain runoff (unlikely this week). Also, fish various baits (cut bait, whole small shad, flavored chicken) on trotlines, noodles (jugs), or rod-and-reel in similar depths and areas as crappie (ledges 8 - 12 ft deep). Most White Bass have been incidental catches by crappie anglers; a few are schooling on shad off sandy, main lake points where they can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. The spot where the two rivers join is a perennial hot spot. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. For Largemouth Bass, fish very early and late in the day around any cover (stumps, stake beds, etc.) on creek, slough, or river channel edges where spinnerbaits, topwaters, or soft plastics should work; look for the clearest water available. Midday, move deeper to main lake points where they should hold on any cover (brush tops, stake beds, etc.) and hit deep-running crankbaits or soft plastics. With the water dropping fast, expect bass, crappie, and catfish to be concentrated and feeding in river and major creek channels.

The spillway had one gate open 10.0 ft (2700 cfs) Tuesday. Fishing down here should improve with the increased flow. Best luck down here has been for catfish on various natural baits, especially nightcrawlers and chicken liver. A few White Bass ("stripes") can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits in the faster water. Some Largemouth Bass have been landed on crankbaits or soft plastics fished near the rocks. Check out the new fishing pier where the spillway channel and old river run come together. 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 with 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



231' - Near Flood Stage

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