Water level 248.00 ft, falling 0.1 ft/day; 1.7 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662) 563-4571 or check at http://18.104.22.168/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://22.214.171.124/offices/ed/edh/plots/enidplot.png for a graph. The lake is supposed to be drawn down from summer pool (250 ft) to winter pool (230 ft) from August 1 – December 1.
Best pattern lately for crappie has been pulling crankbaits or jigs and/or minnows for suspended fish 15 – 20 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. Pinch down the barbs on hooks to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish. Quite a few catfish and white bass have been hitting baits meant for crappie. Catfish have been biting natural baits on lines, jugs (noodles), or rod-and-reel. White bass are in the main lake feeding on shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points. Action is usually best just before dark. 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 ; look for clearer water.
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 two gates open 2.0 ft each (1500 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck down here has been for catfish on natural baits. Flatheads have been biting live bait. Some white bass (“stripes”) can be taken on small, shad-imitating lures.
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.