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Enid Lake - 9/16/2014

Water level 246.70 ft, falling 0.2 ft/day; 1.9 ft above rule curve Tuesday.   For water level information, call (662)563-4571 or check at http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://ftp.mvk.usace.army.mil/offices/ed/edh/graphs1.htm for a graph.  Fall drawdown started August 1 with a target of 230 ft by December 1.

 

MDWFP creel surveys show most crappie anglers are spider-rigging jigs and/or minnows 12 - 18 ft deep out from creek mouths in the main lake. With the hot weather, minnows have been the key to getting bites, but are also attracting more short fish.  Some big schools of white bass have been reported lately schooling on little shad; fish over sandy, main lake points with small shad-colored crankbaits or jigs.  For catfish, fish natural baits with rod-and-reel, noodles (jugs), or trotlines from Chickasaw Hill up to the river.  Falling water levels are pulling fish, including largemouth bass, out of the backs of creeks into the deeper channels. Fish spinnerbaits or topwaters on channel edges 4 – 6 ft deep early and late in the day or Carolina rig soft plastics 10 – 15 ft deep on offshore structure or points midday.

 

As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else.  Those blobs are actually colonial animals called bryozoans that filter plankton out of the water.  Nibbling by fish causes the colony to minimize its surface area to a round shape.  Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.

 

The spillway had one gate open 2.0 ft, one gate open 1.0 ft (1000 cfs) on Tuesday.  Action here has been slow.  Best luck has been for eating-size channel catfish on various natural baits.  A few folks are targeting flatheads with live bait.  Some white bass can be taken in the faster water and a few bream and bass can be taken on the rocks. 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.

 

Contact the COE office (662)563-4571 for accessible ramps at current water levels.

The daily limit for black bass (largemouth and spotted) is 7 fish, any size.

The daily creel limit for crappie on Enid Lake is 20 per person. Crappie must be over 12 inches.  Anglers fishing Enid Lake may use no more than 5 poles per person and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole. There is a 50 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 20 crappie creel limit.



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