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Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 4/24/2018 3:38:31 PM

Water level was 261.30, stable, 12.3 ft above rule curve Tuesday.  Water level is supposed to rise from 235 ft March 1 to summer pool (250 ft) by May 1. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain rule curve. For water level information, call (662)563-4571 or check at http://www.mvk-wc.usace.army.mil/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://www.mvk-wc.usace.army.mil/plots/enidplot.png for a graph or http://www.mvk-wc.usace.army.mil/resrep.htm for both. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

The water is high and stable; the water rose with the rain, but temperatures have not risen much. There is a full moon Sunday, but expect the water to start falling again. Best luck for crappie has been jigging the edge of flooded trees 4 - 8 ft deep with bright colored (chartreuse, orange, pink, etc.) jigs and/or minnows. Some folks have been catching them trolling out from the trees at the same depths. A warming trend and full moon should trigger more spawners, but they will spawn deeper if the water is falling (see below). A few catfish have been caught in the river and creeks on natural bait. Trotlines will also work. White Bass are in the river well above Prophet Bridge and in the creeks where jigs or small crankbaits should work. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Contact Longbranch Bait and Tackle (662)710-8112 for up-to-date information.

Crappie fishing tip: Crappie sense water level changes and react accordingly. When the water is rising, they will spawn 1 - 3 ft deep; when it is falling (or very clear), they will spawn 3 - 6 ft deep or more. Eggs hatch in 2 - 3 days. Newly hatched fry have a yolk sac, but no mouth. They lie in the nest (guarded by the male) until their yolk sac is absorbed and mouth parts form in another 2 - 3 days. Then they swim up and start feeding. Development is faster when the water is warmer; laying eggs to swim-up usually takes less than a week. Not all fish spawn at the same time. Spawning may last 4 - 6 weeks, or more, ensuring some fish are produced each spring.

The spillway had two gates open 3.0 ft each (2300 cfs) Tuesday AM. The Corps is trying to get the water level down. Few reports down here. A few catfish can be caught fishing natural baits near the bottom. White Bass should be in the current (but not in the heavy current) where jigs or small crankbaits will work. 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.

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