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Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 8/15/2017 7:03:24 PM

Water level 245.20 ft, rising 0.1 ft/day, 3.3 ft below rule curve Tuesday. Fall drawdown is supposed to start August 1 and reach winter pool (230 ft) by December 1. 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. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

The water level is rising from recent rains with murky water in the river and creeks; the reservoir is the highest it has been all year. Fall drawdown was supposed to start August 1, but will be delayed until the rule curve catches up with the actual water level.

Crappie reports lately have ranged from no fish to limits. Best reports have been slow trolling jigs and/or minnows or pulling crankbaits 8 - 20+ ft deep (15 to 20 has been best) for fish suspended in deeper water; along the dam, major creek mouths, and over the old river channel have been the most popular areas. Try larger lures and/or hooks to discourage small fish. Replace treble hooks with single hooks and/or squeeze down the barbs to reduce injuries to released fish. Most White Bass have been taken incidentally by crappie anglers, but they are congregating on sandy points feeding on shad in the main lake where they can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits; mornings and evenings are best for surface schooling action. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Largemouth Bass have been 6 - 10 ft deep in shallow, flooded grass on the edges of creek and river channels in the clearest water available where spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or soft plastics should work very early and late in the day. Midday, fish 10 to 15 ft deep over main lake points on any cover (brush tops, stake beds, etc.). For catfish, fish worms or stink baits in the creeks and river as long as we have any rain runoff. Catfish are also feeding in flooded grass where they can be taken using various natural baits on noodles (jugs) or trotlines, or fish deep water over main lake flats using lines, noodles, or rod-and-reel. Bream have been spawning in the shallows over a sand or gravel bottom (old roads or 4 wheeler trails are good); crickets or worms fished under a bobber will do as well as anything.

The spillway had one gate open 0.25 ft (50 cfs) Tuesday to maintain a minimum flow in the river below. Few reports down here. The old fishing pier is gone and the new one is finished. For crappie, fish jigs and/or minnows near the rocks. Catfishing is best in holes and eddies on natural bait. For White Bass, fish small crankbaits, jigs, or tailspinners in what current there is; below the "waterfall" is usually a good spot. Fish for Largemouth or Spotted Bass near the rocks with crankbaits or soft plastics. 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.

All fish captured and kept with dip or landing nets, cast nets, boat mounted scoops, wire baskets, minnow seines, and minnow traps in the spillway areas bordered by rip rap must be immediately placed on ice or in a dry container. Game fish caught with these gears must be released. This regulation was enacted to reduce the potential of spreading harmful Asian carps to the reservoir or other waters.

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.

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