Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 5/22/2018 5:30:09 PM

Water level 258.60, falling 0.2 ft/day, 8.6 ft above rule curve Tuesday.  Water level is supposed to be at summer pool (250 ft) from May 1 until August 1. For water level information, call (662)563-4571 or check at for a table or for a graph or for both. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

The water is high but falling; keep an eye out for a possible tropical system that may dump heavy rain this weekend depending on storm development and track. Best luck for crappie has been slow trolling out from the edges of flooded trees 10 - 12 ft deep with bright colored (chartreuse, orange, pink, etc.) jigs and/or minnows. Some folks have been catching crappie pulling crankbaits. A crappie tournament this past Saturday was won with 12.19 lb (7 fish); big fish was 2.28 lb. Most teams (42 of 47) weighed in a 7 fish limit. Expect a lot of short fish; to return them alive and in good shape, PLEASE replace treble hooks with singles, especially the rear hook on crankbaits, and/or pinch the barbs down to make unhooking easier. Losing a few fish is better than killing a lot. Check out the rip-rap rocks for spawning catfish; fish worms under a bobber. Trotlines will also work. No reports on grabbling yet as the water is so high. White Bass are mostly back in the main lake; most are incidental catch by folks after crappie. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Look for Largemouth Bass on the edges of creek and river channels as the water falls; fish topwaters early and late or spinnerbaits and soft plastics midday. Normally, on high water years the bream grow big and spawn over firm bottoms like gravel roads or 4-wheeler trails; try some crickets. Contact Longbranch Bait and Tackle (662)710-8112 for up-to-date information.

The spillway had two gates open 2.0 ft each (1530 cfs) Tuesday AM. The Corps is trying to get the reservoir water level down. Few reports down here. A few catfish can be caught fishing natural baits near the bottom. White Bass should be in the current (but not in the heavy current) where jigs or small crankbaits will work. 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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