Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 11/13/2018 4:55:12 PM

Water level 238.50, rising 0.8 ft/day, 4.0 ft above rule curve Tuesday.  Fall drawdown is supposed to start August 1 and reach winter pool (230 ft) December 1. For water level information, call (662)563-4571 or check at for a table or for a graph or for both. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

Enid is on fall drawdown, and the COE is trying to catch up to the rule curve, but recent rains have reversed the downward trend. A Magnolia Crappie Club tournament this past Saturday was won with 11.86 lb (7 fish); big fish was 2.43. Best luck for crappie has been pushing jigs and/or minnows 8 - 12 ft deep for fish suspended in deeper water mid-lake or major creek mouths; look for the "schools" of boats. The crappie bite may slow down some until the lake stabilizes and clears back up. Some catfish, drum, or White Bass may be taken crappie fishing. Some crappie may be taken single poling standing timber and/or other cover (stumps, stake beds, brush tops, etc.) Expect a lot of short crappie; to return them alive and in good shape, PLEASE replace treble hooks with singles, especially the rear hook on crankbaits, and/or pinch the barbs down to make unhooking easier. Losing a few fish is better than killing a lot. Trotlines or noodles (jugs) will work for catfish, as well as drifting natural baits just off the bottom over main lake flats with rod-and-reel. Fish inflowing water with worms or stinkbaits if there is any rainfall runoff. White Bass are in the main lake schooling on shad off sandy main lake points; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Enid, just White Bass. For Largemouth Bass, fish 3 - 8 ft deep off main lake points, humps, and other structure that is better with any cover (brush tops, stake beds, rip-rap, etc.). Fish any such cover near tributary channel edges as the fish move toward deeper water. This pattern will disappear when the cover gets too shallow. Fish topwaters or spinnerbaits shallow early and late and switch to crankbaits or soft plastics deep midday.

As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, etc. or floating in the water. These are actually colonial animals called bryozoans. They are like coral, but with a jelly-like rather than stony matrix. Like coral, they filter plankton out of the water.  Nibbling by fish causes the colony to become rounded.  Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.

The spillway had both gates opened 4.0 ft each (2200 cfs) Tuesday PM to try to get the reservoir back down to rule curve. Best luck should be for catfish with natural baits near the bottom. Fish for White Bass with jigs or small crankbaits in the current or for largemouths and spots along the rip-rap. The old spillway fishing pier has been replaced with a new one in the same spot.

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.

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Biologists use various sampling methods to assess the fish populations in the State’s waters.   Sampling results for selected water bodies are summarized in Reel Facts Sheets.

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