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Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 11/27/2017 3:25:53 PM

Late fall/winter fishing report. Weekly updates will resume in February.

Winter fishing usually means limited ramp access. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain winter pool (230 ft) from December 1 until mid-January, then it should rise to 235 ft by March 1. High winter releases should mean good fishing in the spillway. 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. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

Winter fishing can be good since the fish often school tightly. Fish bite better after a few warm, sunny days. Unlike summer, best bet is to fish midday on sunny banks. Check water level trends; except for catfish, fishing is usually better on a slow fall than a fast rise. Even in cold weather, catfish will feed in rainfall runoff. Contact Longbranch Bait and Tackle (662)710-8112 for up-to-date information.

Best luck for crappie is either trolling or drifting along the dam and in the mouths of major creeks with jigs and/or minnows or jigging in any remaining cover. White Bass can be taken on jigs or small crankbaits fished off sandy main lake points. Largemouth Bass usually will be in the clearest available water on any cover, on main lake points, or in tributaries where soft plastics or a jig-n-pig are best baits. Catfishing is normally best using various natural baits on rod-and-reel, noodles (jugs), or trotlines over mudflats or on worms or stink baits in tributaries after rainfall.

Best luck in the spillway is when some water is being released. For crappie, fish jigs and/or minnows near the rocks. Catfishing is best in eddies on various natural baits. For White Bass, fish small crankbaits, jigs, or tailspinners in faster current; below the "waterfall" is a good spot. Fish for Largemouth or Spotted Bass on the rocks with crankbaits or a jig-n-pig. 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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