Monday, March 20, 2017 3:12 PM
Water level 237.40 ft, rising 0.08 ft/day, 0.1 ft above rule
curve Monday. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as
rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain rule
curve; it should rise from 235 ft March 1 to summer pool
(250 ft) May 1. For water level information, call
(662)563-4571 or check at http://126.96.36.199/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for
a table or http://188.8.131.52/offices/ed/edh/plots/enidplot.png for
Last week's cold temperatures and wind made fishing
difficult and set the fish back awhile, but did not produce enough
rain to raise water levels. Warmer temperatures this week should
have fish moving shallower, but don't expect much rain or rise
until late in the week.
Longbranch Bait and Tackle (662)710-8112 reports crappie
can be taken fishing over the river channel in the main lake
with jigs and minnows or straight minnows. Short fish and
barely keepers can be taken fishing 4 - 6 ft deep about anywhere,
but bigger fish are relating to bottom structure and holding 10 ft
deeper (14 - 16 ft). A few White Bass are mixed in with the
crappie, but some have started running up the creeks and river
where they can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small
crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass.
No reports on Largemouth Bass. Fish cut shad or other natural baits
over mudflats with noodles (jugs) or trotlines for catfish. Catfish
the river and creeks if we get any rain runoff.
The spillway had one gate open 0.25 ft (50 cfs) Monday. Few
reports down here. For crappie, fish jigs and/or minnows near
the rocks. Catfishing is best in eddies on natural
bait. For White Bass, fish small crankbaits, jigs, or
tailspinners in faster current; below the "waterfall" is a good
spot. Fish for Largemouth or Spotted Bass on the rocks with
crankbaits or a jig-n-pig.
The daily creel limit for crappie is 15 per person. Crappie must
be over 12 inches. Anglers may use no more than 4 poles per person
and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole. There is a 40 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 15 crappie creel limit.
Limits on Black Bass (Largemouth and Spotted) are statewide
limits: no size limit, 10 fish per person daily.
Contact the COE office (662)563-4571 for accessible ramps at
current water levels.