GRENADA COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Grenada Lake is one of the best. Not only in Mississippi but in the country. I caught up with a national tournament being fished there not long ago.
A fishing cousin of mine told me one time that if you like to fish, then Mississippi should be your home of choice because wherever you live in Mississippi you aren't more than 30 minutes away from a good fishing lake or river, and Grenada Lake is one of them.
It might even be the best in the country for crappie. And that's not my opinion. Paul Alpers, who is the president of the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters All-American Fishing Trail, himself from Missouri, was the one who told me.
Of course, Grenada Lake, by far is the number one lake out here in the country, said Alpers.
And that ain't no fish tale. At the weighin they can prove the quantity and quality of the crappie in Grenada. Grenada is one of four flood control dams and lakes in north Mississippi conceived after the flood of 1927 to hold back winter rains in the hills to keep them from flooding the Delta
Grenada, along with Enid, Sardis, and Arkabutla were online by the 1950s. And since then their fame as good fishing lakes has spread far and wide among fisher-people, to the point that this is THE lake chosen in the nation for this fishing tournament.
Matthew Tosh is here to fish in the tournament. He's from Tennessee. Son Brandon is in the boat with him. Older son Caleb is not too far away fishing in the Junior Tournament.
Flash forward and I'll go ahead and tell you that son Caleb won his division with a two and a half pounder. That netted him a 25-hundred dollar scholarship. Dad says he's brought the boys up fishing.
Summertime mainly is when they like to go," said Matthew Tosh. They are liable to bail off the back of the boat, you know.
And with a tournament like this pumping better than 2 million dollars into the local economy, Grenada and Mississippi haul in a part of the catch, too.
The best fisher-people in the nation fishing the best lakes in the nation, right here within a half hour from anybody in Mississippi.
Barnett has the bass, Lake Washington has crappie, way up in northeast Mississippi there is smallmouth bass in Pickwick Lake.