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Grenada Lake Sponsored by
Date 18-May-16
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Conditions : Grenada Lake: ????? Water level 216.81 ft, falling 0.05 ft/day, 1.8 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

The folks at Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 reported Tuesday crappie fishing has been fair recently considering it is after the spawn and before fish have set up in summer patterns. Slow trolling the main lake using a black/chartreuse jig with an orange head with or without a minnow fishing 6 - 8 ft deep has been producing decent catches. Some folks have been running crankbaits shallow by fishing short lines behind the boat. Jigging similar depths in timber on the edge of creek and river channels has also been working. For catfish, fish trotlines shallow out from cover. Expect catfishing to improve with warming temperatures. Grabbling season started May 1, but water temperatures have been a little cool for much success with few reports. For Largemouth Bass, look for clearer water and try topwaters, buzzbaits, or spinnerbaits on the edges of cover near deeper water (river or creek channels, etc.). White Bass are back in the main lake; fish jigs or small crankbaits over a sandy points. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Carp, buffalo, and gar are moving in the shallows if you want to try some bowfishing.

The spillway had one gate open 2.0 ft (650 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.

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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