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MS
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33° 49' 48" N, 89° 43' 48" W
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

Water level 200.54 ft, rising 0.1 ft/day, 2.6 ft above 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 or check at http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt  for a table or http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/plots/grenplot.png for a graph.

Collins' Bait Shop (662)226-3581 got some good reports last week during the warm, calm days, but less lately. Best luck for crappie has been trolling or drifting 4 - 5 ft deep in 5 - 8 ft of water in the main lake or jigging in any cover with jigs and/or minnows. No reports on Largemouth Bass. White Bass are starting to run up the creeks and rivers where they can be taken with jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Catfish can be taken using noodles (jugs) or trotlines with shad or other baits over mudflats.

The spillway had one gate open 2.0 ft (500 cfs) Tuesday. About the best reports here have been catfishing natural baits near the bottom. If there are any White Bass running yet, they will be in the current where you can drift a 2 jig rig just off bottom or fish small crankbaits or tailspinner lures. For crappie, fish a jig and/or minnow under a bobber off the rocks or in the old river run.

MDWFP fall electrofishing found most Gizzard Shad were about 4 inches long (spawned last spring). Blue Catfish ("white river cats or "white humpbacks") were abundant in creek and river channels and shallow flats; most fish were 13 - 36 inches long with a big group near 22 inches. White Bass were not as common as in prior years, but most were larger (12 - 15 inches) and were mainly found on sandy points. Largemouth Bass, crappie, and bream were around any remaining cover (brush, stakes, stumps, etc.). Most bass were from the big 2013 year class (12 - 15 inches), with both smaller and larger fish seen. Crappie were mostly this spring's fish (3 - 4 inches) or fish over 12 inches long; there was a big group at 13 inches.

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.

Limits on Black Bass (Largemouth and Spotted Bass) are statewide limits: no size limit, 10 fish per person daily.

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Water level 215.60 ft, falling 0.1 ft/day; 3.8 ft above rule curve Tuesday.  For water level information, call (662) 226-5911 or check at http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt  for a table or http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/plots/grenplot.png for a graph.  The lake is supposed to be drawn down from summer pool (215 ft) to winter pool (193 ft) from August 1 – December 1.

 

Collins’ Bait Shop (662) 226-3581 and MDWFP angler creel surveys this past week showed crappie fishing has been best in the main lake point from Skuna ramp to Carver Point fishing big crankbaits or jigs and/or minnows 14 – 20 ft deep.  A lot of short fish are being reported; use bigger baits and fish deeper to discourage smaller fish.  Pinch down the barbs on hooks to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish.  Quite a few blue catfish and white bass have been hitting baits meant for crappie.  Catfish have been biting natural baits on lines, jugs (noodles), or rod-and-reel.  White bass are in the main lake feeding on shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points in the evenings.  Where the two rivers join is usually the best spot for “stripes”; also check out the river channels in the upper ends of the lake arms. There is no size or number limit on white bass.  For largemouth bass, fish spinnerbaits or topwaters in shallower water over flooded cover early and late in the day and crankbaits or soft plastics in deeper water on channel edges or main lake points midday; look for clearer water.  Right now most of the main lake is clear.

 

As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else.  These are actually colonial animals (like coral) that filter plankton out of the water.  Nibbling by fish results in a rounded colony.  Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.

 

The spillway had one gate open 10.0 ft (3000 cfs) Tuesday.  The best thing going down here has been catfishing early in the morning.  Fish for blue catfish (white humpbacks) with nightcrawlers, shad, or minnows under a slip cork, or use rods or lines with live bait for catfish on down the river below the spillway.

 

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.

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Water level 218.19 ft, falling 0.1 ft/day; 3.6 ft above rule curve Tuesday.  For water level information, call (662)226-5911 or check at http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt  for a table or http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/plots/grenplot.png for a graph.  The lake is supposed to be drawn down from summer pool (260 ft) to winter pool (236 ft) from August 1 – December 1.

 

Collins’ Bait Shop (662)226-3581 and MDWFP angler creel surveys this past week showed crappie fishing has picked up recently with the main lake point from Skuna ramp to Carver Point the best area.  Some limits of big fish have been reported lately, but you have to use big baits; fish crankbaits 16 – 20 ft deep.  A lot of short fish are being reported; use bigger baits and fish deeper to discourage smaller fish.  Pinch down the barbs on crankbait hooks to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish.  Quite a few blue catfish and white bass have been hitting crankbaits meant for crappie.  Catfishing on lines or rod-and-reel has been picking up as fish are feeding after they’re done spawning.  White bass are in the main lake feeding on shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points.  Where the two rivers join is usually the best spot for “stripes”.  There is no size or number limit on white bass.  For largemouth bass, fish spinnerbaits or topwaters in shallower water over flooded cover early and late in the day and crankbaits or soft plastics in deeper water on channel edges or main lake points midday; look for clearer water.

 

As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else.  These are actually colonial animals (like coral) that filter plankton out of the water.  Nibbling by fish results in a rounded colony.  Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.

 

The spillway had all gates closed (0 cfs) Tuesday.  The Corps had to fix a bouy line that sucked into the spillway; one gate should be open at 8.0 ft (2500 cfs) Wednesday.  Best luck down here has been for blue catfish (white humpbacks) with nightcrawlers, shad, or minnows under a slip cork or using rods or lines with live bait on down the river below the spillway.

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