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Enid Lake - 6/30/2015

Water level 251.20 ft, falling 0.2 ft/day; 1.2 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://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/plots/enidplot.png for a graph.  The lake is supposed to be maintained at summer pool (250 ft) from May 1 – August 1.

Best pattern lately for crappie has been pulling crankbaits for suspended fish 10 – 14 ft deep out in the mouths of creeks or in the main lake.  A lot of short fish are being reported; use bigger baits and fish deeper to discourage smaller fish.  Channel cats can be caught over rip-rap rocks; fish worms or other baits under a bobber.  Lines and noodles (jugs) are also producing.  Handgrabblers are catching mostly channel cats with a few flatheads as well.  White bass are in the main lake feeding on shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points.  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.  Expect extra boats on the lake for the July 4th holiday weekend.

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 both gates lowered to 1.0 ft each (700 cfs) Tuesday; expect the lake to start falling more slowly.  Best luck down here has been for catfish on natural baits.  Flatheads have been biting live bait, but the flathead bite has been slowing down.

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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