Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:26 PM
Water level 241.80 ft, stable, 6.6 ft below rule curve
Tuesday. 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://188.8.131.52/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for
a table or http://184.108.40.206/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.
This past weekend's rains were not enough to raise the water
level, much less push it up to rule curve. The water should
continue to clear up unless we get another
significant rain with runoff.
Longbranch Bait and Tackle (662)710-8112 reports a few crappie
are still spawning in the shallows, but most are smaller fish. As
usual, most bigger crappie spawn earlier and smaller fish move in
later. The few bigger crappie that have not spawned yet should be
spawning about 5 ft deep unless we get another significant water
rise; smaller crappie should be spawning less than 5 ft deep.
Jigging and wading the major creeks and pockets with
bright colored (black/chartreuse, black/orange, etc.) jigs
and/or minnows in newly flooded grass may yield mostly short
fish; larger fish, mostly post-spawn, can be taken jigging or
trolling larger baits over dropoffs out from spawning areas. There
is a Magnolia Crappie Club tournament on Enid Saturday.
Most White Bass have been taken incidentally by crappie
anglers, but some are still up in 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, but expect some to be in
the shallow, flooded grass in the backs of creek coves and pockets
where spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or soft plastics should
work. Catfishing should be good fishing worms and other baits
in newly flooded areas with a variety of techniques (lines,
noodles, rod-and-reel). Some catfish have moved to the rip-rap
rocks to spawn in the holes where worms under a bobber will tempt
The spillway had one gate open 0.25 ft (50 cfs)
Tuesday. Few reports down here. Be aware the old fishing
pier is gone and a new one is under construction. 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.