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Big Crappie on Grenada Lake

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kent Driscoll of Cordova, Tennessee, a professional tournament crappie fisherman, has been fishing for crappie for over 30 years and really enjoys fishing all over, but particularly Grenada Lake in north-central Mississippi. Regardless of the weather and the water conditions, he has to be ready to fish on Click to enlargetournament day. In late March when Driscoll and I fished together, the temperatures had plunged from the 70s to the 30s, and the water level on the lake rose 10 feet. If you fish for crappie in the spring, sooner or later, this will happen to you. Here’s how Driscoll solves this problem.

One of the reasons I like to fish Grenada Lake in Mississippi is because there’s so many big crappie in this lake. Grenada has been known for big crappie for many years. The lake is extremely fertile, and it has a large population of shad. Two major rivers feed the lake. One is the Yalobusha River that runs up the east and west arms of the lake and is the muddier of the two rivers. The second river is the Skuna River, which is typically more clear than the Yalobusha side of the lake. The Skuna River warms up faster in the spring. So, early in the crappie Click to enlargespawn, I’ll usually fish the Skuna side of the lake because it’ll be warmer, and the crappie there will be searching for that warmer water. After I’ve fished the Skuna side of the river for the initial spawn, I’ll change and go to the Yalobusha side to get that first big run of crappie when the fish start moving to that side of the lake. The north and the northwest side of each one of these two rivers will always warm up first. When the north side of the lake spawns out, I’ll move to the south side of the lake and fish Redgrass Creek, Wolf Creek and Butputer Creek.

Last year in March, I was fishing by myself at Grenada Lake and caught 10 crappie that weighed a total of 26-1/2-pounds. Three of the fish I caught weighed more than 3-pounds each. Those 3 pounders weighed 3.6 pounds, 3.4 pounds and 3.31 pounds. Two of my friends Click to enlargewere fishing close to me, and they caught two crappie that weighed more than 3-pounds each. The following day, I caught two, 3-pound-plus crappie, and my friends took three, 3-pound-plus crappie. We combined our catch and weighed the 10-biggest fish, and they totaled more than 30 pounds. There aren’t many lakes in the nation where you can go and make that kind of catch in a weekend. You can’t catch big crappie like that every day at Grenada, but the days that you do catch them, you’ll remember them for a lifetime.

Check back each day this week for more about “What to Do When a Cold Front Hits Your Crappie Lake”

Day 1: Scouting for Crappie in Cold Weather
Day 2: Wading for Cold-Weather Crappie
Day 3: My Favorite Six-Pack
Day 4: Trolling for Crappie
Day 5: Big Crappie on Grenada Lake



Entry 346, Day 5