Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 10/16/2018 3:20:21 PM

Water level 243.400, falling 0.2 ft/day, 2.8 ft above rule curve Tuesday.  Fall drawdown is supposed to start August 1 and reach winter pool (230 ft) December 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.

Enid is on fall drawdown as the COE is trying to catch up to the rule curve. Few reports lately with wind, rain, and cooler weather. Best luck for crappie has been pushing jigs and/or minnows 8 - 16 ft deep for fish suspended in deeper water mid-lake or off main lake points and major creek mouths. Some catfish, drum, or White Bass may be taken crappie fishing. Some crappie may be taken single poling standing timber and/or other cover (stumps, stake beds, brush tops, etc.) Expect a lot of short crappie; 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. Trotlines or noodles (jugs) will work for catfish, as well as drifting natural baits just off the bottom over main lake flats with rod-and-reel. Head for the river and creeks and fish worms or stinkbaits if there is any rainfall runoff. White Bass are in the main lake schooling on shad off sandy main lake points; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Enid, just White Bass. Largemouth Bass are still on main lake points, humps, and other structure that is better with any cover (brush tops, stake beds, etc.). However, check out any creek or river channels as the fish get pulled off the flats into deeper water and fish cover on the channel edges. This pattern should get stronger as fall progresses. Fish topwaters or spinnerbaits shallow early and late and switch to crankbaits or soft plastics deep midday.

Classic fall turnover occurs when cooling surface waters become dense enough to mix with cooler, deeper, low oxygenated water. The water becomes about the same temperature top to bottom and oxygen levels decline from mixing with the deeper water; fish can be anywhere and may bite less due to lower oxygen levels. However, fall turnover on the flood control reservoirs is different because the spillway pulls out most of the deeper, low oxygen water by then. Turnover usually happens on these reservoirs in late September or early October; although the fish are not lethargic from low oxygen, they still may be scattered and hard to find.

As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, etc. or floating in the water. These are actually colonial animals called bryozoans. They are like coral, but with a jelly-like rather than stony matrix. Like coral, they filter plankton out of the water.  Nibbling by fish causes the colony to become rounded.  Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.

The spillway had one gate open 2.0 ft and one gate open 2.5 ft (1397 cfs) Tuesday AM. Best luck should be for catfish with natural baits near the bottom. Fish for White Bass with jigs or small crankbaits in the current or for largemouths and spots along the rip-rap. 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.

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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