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Weekly fishing reports will resume the week of February 15, 2022. Listed below are winter fishing tips and techniques. 

Boat ramp access is usually limited at low winter water levels.


Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 12/7/2021 3:16:16 PM
Species Detail
Bass Fish soft plastics, bladed jigs, or jerkbaits in the clearest water available near any cover on main lake points or tributaries.
Crappie Troll or drift along the dam and in the mouths of major creeks with jigs and/or minnows or jig in any remaining cover. A lot of short fish are being caught; 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 redworms or waxworms around any cover, including rip-rap. as bass.
Catfish Fish various natural baits on rod-and-reel, noodles (jugs), or trotlines over mudflats or on worms or stink baits in the rivers after rainfall.
White Bass Fish jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits off sandy main lake points. There are no size or number limits on White Bass.

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. Water falling, fish deeper; water rising, fish shallower.

Normal timing of fall drawdown lets vegetation colonize and grow on exposed mudflats until killed by frost. High water and late drawdowns prevent that growth. Next spring, the water will rise over bare mudflats with no vegetation to provide fish habitat and wave protection.

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


Fishing is better in the spillway when some water is being released, but not too much. Spillway gate openings, flow rates, and spillway water levels can be obtained at (662)563-4571 or check at http://www.mvk-wc.usace.army.mil/docs/bullet.txt or http://www.mvk-wc.usace.army.mil/resrep.htm (click on 24 hour change for picture explanation of gate flow, spillway flow, etc.). For crappie, fish jigs and/or minnows near the rocks. Catfishing is best in eddies on various natural baits fished near the bottom. 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 along the rocks with crankbaits or soft plastics.

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


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. 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; 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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