Meridian Star


September 27, 2013

Grenada Lake monster crappie

MERIDIAN — Grenada Lake Monster crappie BnM Pro Staff angler John Harrison knows a thing or two about catching lunkers and he’s caught more than his share of monster crappie. I joined the talented guide last week on a trip to Grenada Lake where Harrison has spent a good portion of his life and he gave me a few tips on the fantastic fall fishing to be had there.

    “October is one of the best months of the year to catch crappie on Grenada,” said Harrison. “Once it cools down and the weather gets stable you can really catch them consistently.” While Harrison recently retired from a lifelong career in law enforcement, his first love is fishing, and catching monster crappie is what he does best. He’s also parlayed that love into a second “career” as it were, if you can call catching crappie every day a job.

    Crappie fishing is not his job but he does spend almost every day on the water catching crappie and guiding people from all around the country in the process. Whether he’s guiding other anglers or just fishing, this BnM Pro Staff angler has a lot of fun doing it. And he’s going to catch big crappie, as he did on our trip to the lake last Friday.

    In fact, Harrison and partner, Kent Driscoll, finished in second place in the Magnolia Crappie Club’s Annual Big Momma Crappie tournament last Saturday on Grenada Lake. They were only one of three teams to catch a limit of slab crappie, and that’s right after a major cold front passed through the area.

    Harrison recently acquired a War Eagle crappie fishing boat that is outfitted for deep water crappie fishing, or I should say catching, as that is just what Harrison does. The boat is very large and stable and free of encumbrances that impede your fishing abilities.

    Shortly after arriving at the lake Harrison rigged up six BnM 16 foot BGJP Buck’s Graphite Poles with Capps and Coleman double minnow rigs and positioned them on the front of the boat in a spider rig formation. We were fishing in about 11 feet of water with the rigs down around eight feet.

    Harrison believes in his electronics and he found an area that was chock full of shad, and crappie. It didn’t take long for the talented guide to locate fish and he quickly caught and released his first crappie. With two seats positioned side by side on the front of the boat we were both able to sit up real close to the action.

    “There he is,” Harrison said. This time Harrison caught an “average sized Grenada” crappie that was a lunker by most standards.

    During one three day guide trip last fall Harrison guided some anglers and they limited out before noon each day. “I’m going to fish and if it takes all day, we’ll stay out here until we catch them,” he said. “But when they’re biting really well, we’ll quit once we get the limit and then come back the next day and do it again.”

    Although Harrison does use jigs and enjoys shallow water springtime jig fishing, he prefers fishing the large minnows on the BnM Capps and Coleman double minnow rigs in the fall where he can get down deep and cover a lot of water. Some say that John Harrison is the premier crappie guide and angler on Grenada Lake, one of the best crappie lakes in the country, and it’s hard to argue against that.

    For more information on crappie fishing at Grenada Lake, or to book a guide trip, contact John Harrison at 662-983-5999. For more specific information about how to catch crappie check out and you can watch some of the best anglers in the country on how-to video clips.

    Contact  Mike Giles at 601-917-3898 or e-mail him at

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