Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 8/9/2022 2:45:37 PM
Species Detail
Bass Fish shallow (topwaters, spinnerbaits) very early and late in the day or at night. Otherwise, fish main lake points and the edges of the old river channel 8 to 14 ft deep (any cover is a plus) with soft plastics, bladed jigs, crankbaits, or spinnerbaits. A club tournament July 31 was won with 24.48 lb (5 fish). The top 4 bags were over 21 lb. Big bass was 8.04.
Crappie MDWFP angler surveys show best luck has been using active sonar, followed by drifting/trolling weighted jigs and/or minnows, followed by pulling crankbaits (mostly short fish on cranks). Near the dam has been the hot spot. Fish 14 to 16 ft deep in 18 to 20+ ft of water. Early and late in the day fish may suspend 5 - 7 ft deep feeding on small shad; cast to these shallow, spooky fish to catch them. 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 crickets or redworms 4 - 6 ft under a bobber near any cover. There is a full moon Thursday; some fish may be spawning.
Catfish Fish worms or stinkbaits in the river and creeks if there is rainfall runoff. Otherwise, fish natural baits on lines, jugs (noodles), or drifting with rod-and-reel over main lake flats.
White Bass Cast jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits off sandy main lake points early AM or late PM. There are no size or number limits on white bass.

Fall drawdown will concentrate fish in the river and creeks as they follow falling water levels 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 spring electrofishing was completed 4/28. Spawning crappie were seen 4/28 in the Bean and Bynum creeks areas in coves, creeks, and ditches in 2 - 7 ft of water. Most shallow fish were males; some females still were full of eggs. Over the 3 sampling dates, 45% of crappie were over 12 inches long (some over 2 lb). Most crappie anglers use smaller baits that appeal to smaller crappie (lots of bites, but few keepers). Bass (many 3 - 6 lb), bream, and catfish were in 2 - 3 ft of water in the backs of creeks and coves with cover. Carp and gar were spawning in recently flooded grass.

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 1.25 ft each (940 cfs) Tuesday. Fall drawdown has started. For crappie, fish jigs and/or minnows 1.5 - 3 ft under a bobber near the rocks or anywhere there is quieter water. Catfishing is best in eddies with various natural baits near the bottom; use live bait for flatheads. A slipfloat helps from snagging on the rocks. Fish for largemouth or spotted bass along the rocks with crankbaits or soft plastics. Fish crickets or worms near the shoreline rocks for bream. 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 249.48 ft, falling 0.1 ft/day, 1.0 ft above rule curve Tuesday. Fall drawdown is supposed to start August 1 and 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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