Fishing & Boating


Boat ramps on COE reservoirs will remain open. See

Work continues on the bridge to the dam from I-55, but the road will remain closed until the new bridge is completed. Continue to use marked detours.

Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 8/4/2020 2:46:48 PM
Species Detail
Bass Largemouth Bass will either be following channels (river, creeks, and ditches) as falling water moves them toward the main lake, or will be on major points, ledges, etc. Any cover (timber, rocks, brush tops, etc.) is a plus. Fish topwaters at dawn, dusk, or at night and crankbaits, bladed jigs, or soft plastics during the day.
Crappie Best luck has been either trolling or drifting jigs and/or large minnows in mouths of major creek coves and the main lake 6 - 10 ft deep over deeper water. Single pole fish the same baits and depths in standing timber near deeper water (channels, sloughs, etc.). Pulling or pushing crankbaits is also producing. Larger baits will catch more keepers and fewer short crappie. Please replace treble hooks with single hooks and/or pinch down the barbs to reduce damage and increase survival of short fish. Expect some catfish and White Bass along with the crappie.
Bream Bream have been in similar places as bass. Fish any cover (stumps, brush tops, etc.) with crickets or worms under a bobber 4 - 8 ft deep.
Catfish Fish in the river and creeks with worms or stinkbaits if there is any rainfall runoff. Otherwise, fish over main lake flats with various natural baits on rod-and-reel, noodles (jugs), or trotlines.
White Bass Fish shad-imitating jigs or small crankbaits off sandy, main lake points at dawn and dusk; the Wallace Creek cove and the points on either side are usually good. Watch for schooling activity and have one rod rigged with something you can cast a long way. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Enid, just White Bass which have no size or number limits.

Enid is the highest above rule curve of the Big 4, but falling slowly. Fish will be following the water, whether it is rising or falling. Fish in or near tributaries, ditches, and other travel routes. Water falling, fish deeper; water rising, fish shallower.

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 both gates open 2.0 ft each (1460 cfs) Tuesday AM. Best luck in the spillway has been for catfish on various natural baits. For crappie, fish jigs and/or minnows near the rocks. Fish small crankbaits, jigs, or tailspinners for White Bass in any current; the wingwalls or the "waterfall" are usually the best spots. Fish for Largemouth or Spotted Bass on the rocks with crankbaits or soft plastics (unweighted or a light weight). Bream should be biting worms or crickets fished under a bobber near the rocks or in eddies.

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 254.47, falling 0.1 ft/day, 5.3 ft over rule curve Tuesday. Expect rises and drawdowns as the Corps tries to achieve and maintain rule curve. The water level should fall from summer pool (250 ft) August 1 to winter pool (230 ft) by December 1. 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 as it is not always updated daily.

Contact the COE office (662) 563-4571 for accessible ramps at current water levels. With the water level just over summer pool, most ramps should be accessible.

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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