Water level 244.30 ft, rising 0.1 ft/day, 5.7 ft below rule curve Monday. The Corps is supposed to maintain summer pool (250 ft) from May 1 to August 1. For water level information, call (662) 563-4571 or check at http://184.108.40.206/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://220.127.116.11/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 is rising from this past weekend's rains and may rise more before it has stabilized. Expect the backs of tributaries to be murky until then.
Crappie anglers have been slow trolling jigs and/or minnows 8 - 20+ ft deep for fish suspended in deeper water, with along the dam, creek mouths, and over the old river channel the most popular areas. Some folks are using crankbaits and returning a lot of short fish. Try larger lures 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 expect them to be starting to congregate on sandy points feeding on shad in the main lake where they can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Largemouth Bass have been 4 - 8 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. Some have been moving toward deeper water and main lake points holding on limited cover (brush tops, stake beds, etc.). As usual for this time of year, fish for bass shallow early and late in the day and work your way deeper when it heats up. Catfish have moved into newly flooded areas to feed where they can be taken using various natural baits on noodles (jugs) or trotlines. Fish out past the grass over main lake flats on baits drifted on the bottom with rod-and-reel. Some catfish have moved to the rip-rap rocks to spawn in the holes where worms under a bobber will tempt them. A few folks have been landing a few hand grabbling. Bream have been moving to the shallows to spawn 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) Monday 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.
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.