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Enid Lake

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 for a table or for a graph. 

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.

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