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Enid Lake - 10/21/2014

Water level 244.5 ft, stable 0.0 ft/day; 4.8 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.

 

With the lake on a slow fall, expect most fishing to pick up a little. Fishing has improved, water level stabilizing and starting to clear and fall.  MDWFP creel surveys show most crappie anglers are spider-rigging jigs and/or minnows 6 - 14 ft deep out from creek mouths in the main lake.  Minnows have been the key to getting bites, but are also attracting more short fish.  For white bass, fish over sandy, main lake points with small shad-colored crankbaits or jigs.  Fish worms, shad, or stink baits in the river and creeks for catfish.  When the lake resumes falling, it will pull 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.

 

MDWFP electrofishing recently found bass, bream, and crappie on brush tops in 2 – 6 ft of water.  Several bass over 7 lbs were weighed.  Most crappie on brush tops were keeper size black crappie.  Crappie were also in standing timber 6 – 8 ft deep.  White bass and small largemouths were scattered on sandy flats feeding on small shad.

 

The spillway had two gates open 2.0 ft each (1300 cfs) Tuesday. Action here has been slow.  Best luck has been for catfish on various natural baits.  Some white bass can be taken in the faster water and a few bream and bass can be taken on the 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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