Fishing & Boating


Low water levels are resulting in limited boat ramp access. Most accessible ramps are near the dam.

Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 11/29/2022 3:34:50 PM
Species Detail
Bass Fish 5 to 8 ft deep with soft plastics, bladed jigs, crankbaits, or spinnerbaits off main lake points or on the edges of creek and river channels near cover (stake beds, brush tops, timber, rocks, etc.).
Crappie Fish jigs and/or minnows 4 - 12 ft deep over deeper water in the main lake for suspended fish or at similar depths in remaining standing timber or shallow structure (brush tops, etc.). Use bigger baits and/or fish deeper to target larger crappie. Replace treble hooks with single hooks and/or pinch down the barbs to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish.
Bream Fish waxworms or redworms 3 - 6 ft under a bobber near any cover (brush tops, riprap, etc.).
Catfish Fish worms or stinkbaits in the river and creeks if there is rainfall runoff. Otherwise, fish various natural baits over main lake flats. Blue catfish ("white river cats" or "white humpbacks") have been feeding under shad schools; use jugs (noodles) or rods-and-reels. Active sonar is a plus to find schooling fish.
White Bass Cast jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits off hard-bottomed main lake points. There are no size or number limits on white bass.

The water level is supposed to fall to winter pool (230) by December 1. This week’s rains may cause enough runoff to slow or reverse the drawdown. Fish will be using the river and creeks as they head to the main lake. Check water level trends; except for catfish, fishing is usually better on a slow fall than a fast rise. Water falling, fish deeper; water rising, fish shallower.

MDWFP fall electrofishing has been completed. Crappie, bass, and bream were on brush tops, rocks, standing timber and other remaining cover 3 - 6 ft deep. Catfish were more likely to be in creeks. It looked like there was a good crappie spawn this past spring. Tiny (1 inch) threadfin shad were numerous. Bass 2 - 5+ lb were feeding on large gizzard shad.

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Crappie (combined black and white) Minimum Length Limit 12 inches and under

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Crappie (combined black and white) 15 There is a 40 crappie per boat limit for boats with 3 or more anglers.

Anglers may use no more than 4 poles per person and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole.


The spillway had two gates open 1.5 ft each (760 cfs) Tuesday. Gates will likely be cut back as the lake reaches winter pool. Catfishing is best in eddies with various natural baits near the bottom; use live bait for flatheads. A slipfloat helps prevent snagging on the rocks. Fish for largemouth or spotted bass along the rocks with crankbaits or soft plastics. Some crappie should be in the eddies and along the rocks; fish jigs and/or minnows under a bobber. White bass will hit jigs or shad-imitating lures in the faster water (wing walls, below the "waterfall"). Spillway gate openings, flow rates, and spillway water levels can be obtained at (662)563-4571 or check at or (click on 24-hour change for picture explanation of gate flow, spillway flow, etc.). 

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 12-inch crappie length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway has a 15-crappie creel limit.

Water Level

Water level 230.47 ft, falling 0.2 ft/day, 0.4 ft above rule curve Tuesday. Fall drawdown started August 1 and is supposed to reach winter pool (230 ft) December 1. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain the rule curve. Emergency spillway level is 268.0. For water level information, call (662)563-4571 or check at for a table or for a graph or for both (click on 24-hour change for picture explanation of gate flow, spillway flow, etc.). Be sure to check the date on the table; it is usually updated midday.

Additional Information

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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