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Enid Lake - 3/24/2015

Water level 249.00 ft, rising 0.4 ft/day; 10.8 ft above rule curve Tuesday.   For water level information, call (662)563-4571 or check at for a table or for a graph.  The lake should rise from 235 ft March 1 to summer pool (250 ft) May 1.


The lake is rising and muddy.  Expect a big cool-down this weekend with rain and a strong cold front and temperatures near 30o F that will likely put a damper on the spawn awhile.  Some males have moved shallow, but bigger females are still out deeper, or at least out from the banks.  Best luck has either been fishing backs of creeks 1 – 3 ft deep (boating or wading) and catching mostly males, or trolling out from spawning areas with jigs and/or minnows and getting some big females.  A few limits were reported Saturday, but fewer fish Sunday and Monday.  Expect better luck when the lake stabilizes and starts to clear.  Catfish have been biting in incoming water in the river and creeks on natural baits.  White bass have started moving up the river and creeks; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits.  There is no size or number limit on white bass.  No reports on anything else.


The spillway had two gates open 1.0 ft each (690 cfs) Tuesday.  It is unknown if they will open them up anymore with the Mississippi River high.  Expect the gates to open up some more if there is little additional rain.  Best luck down here will be for crappie on jigs and/or minnows or for catfish on natural baits.  White bass have started to move up the spillway; fish jigs or small crankbaits.


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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