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Boat ramps on COE reservoirs will remain open. See https://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/2135323/vicksburg-district-to-keep-boat-ramps-nature-trails-open-at-north-mississippi-l/

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


Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 6/2/2020 5:29:49 PM
Species Detail
Bass Largemouth Bass will be following creeks and ditches. Look for the clearest water and flooded vegetation where deeper and shallower water are closeby. Weedless lures (spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, frogs, or soft plastics) are your best bet. Lure choices will depend on water level and temperature trends. Fish faster moving lures shallower if warm and/or rising and slow down and fish deeper if cooler and/or falling.
Crappie Crappie fishing has been improving as the water has been pulling fish out of flooded vegetation toward deeper water. Best luck has been either trolling or drifting jigs and/or minnows near the edges of flooded trees about 8 - 12 ft deep or single pole fishing the same baits in similar depths in standing timber near deeper water (channels, sloughs, etc.). Some anglers are reporting success trolling crankbaits, but catching quite a few short fish. Please replace treble hooks with single hooks and/or pinch down the barbs to reduce damage and increase survival of short fish.
Bream Fish crickets or worms 3 - 5 ft under a bobber in shallow brush. With warmer weather late week, look for spawners over a firm bottom (flooded gravel roads, 4-wheeler trails, etc.). Full moon is Friday.
Catfish With the water falling and little runoff going in this week, fish for catfish in deeper main lake areas or over rip-rap (dam, ramps, points). Use various natural baits on rod-and-reel, noodles (jugs), or trotlines. Grab some worms or stink baits and head for the river and creeks if we get any rainfall runoff. Grabbling season started May 1; few reports yet.
White Bass For White Bass, fish jigs or small crankbaits over a sandy, main lake points; the Wallace Creek cove and points either side are usually good. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Enid, just White Bass which have no size or number limits.

Fishing is improving as the water is receding. 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

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.


Spillway


The spillway had two gates open 2.5 ft each (1860 cfs) Tuesday AM. Best luck in the spillway is when some water is being released, but not too much. Best luck 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 a jig-n-pig. 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 257.48, falling 0.15 ft/day, 7.5 ft over rule curve Tuesday. Expect rises and drawdowns as the Corps tries to achieve and maintain rule curve. The water level should be at summer pool (250 ft) from May 1 until August 1. Emergency spillway level is 268.0. 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 (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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