Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 7/16/2019 2:42:29 PM

Water level 264.30, rising 0.2 ft/day, 14.3 ft above rule curve Tuesday. The water level is supposed to remain at 250 ft (summer pool) from May 1 until August 1. Emergency spillway level is 268.0. 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 reservoir is rising from recent heavy rains that were still falling Tuesday. With the water rising, expect fish to scatter except for catfish that should be feeding in the river, creeks, and ditches as long as there is rainfall runoff. Angler access is still limited due to high water.

Rising water may disrupt crappie patterns. Most reports lately have been from folks trolling (either spider rigging or pulling crankbaits) outside the trees, in creek mouths, and in the main lake 12 - 20 ft deep (mostly 14 - 18 ft) for suspended fish. Usually fish are shallower early and move deeper as the sun rises. Some anglers are reporting a higher percentage of keepers fishing deeper, faster, and/or using crankbaits. White Bass are moving to the main lake to feed on small shad. Fish jigs or small crankbaits over sandbars in the channels or over sandy points early and late in the day. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Enid, just White Bass which have no size or number limits. Largemouth Bass will be 5 - 12 ft deep on the edges of cover where weedless lures (spinnerbait, buzzbait) can catch or locate fish. Keep a weedless soft plastic rigged to cast for missed strikes. Fish shallower early and late and deeper midday. Check out secondary points in creek coves and main lake points. Some bass anglers have reported 5 fish sacks of about 25 lbs recently, but no details of where or on what. As long as rainfall runoff lasts, it should trigger a catfish bite in the river and creeks on worms or stink baits. Otherwise, fish various natural baits on your gear of choice (rod-and-reel, trotlines, etc.). Flooding allows bream to fatten up and grow quickly; fish for spawners over a firm bottom (flooded roads, parking lots, 4-wheeler trails, etc) using worms or crickets 3 - 5 ft deep under a bobber. Full moon is Tuesday.

The spillway had one gate open 1.0 ft, one open 1.5 ft  (1050 cfs) Tuesday PM. Gates had been closed from rainfall; expect gates to reopen more later in the week. Best luck is usually when some water is being released. For crappie, fish jigs and/or minnows near the rocks and/or out of the current. Best luck lately has been for catfish fishing near the bottom on various natural baits. For White Bass, fish jigs or small crankbaits in the current. Fish for Largemouth or Spotted Bass on the rocks with crankbaits or a jig-n-pig. Some bream are being caught off the rocks recently fishing crickets or worms under a bobber.

The Vicksburg COE website reported the dirt slide on the back of the dam was superficial and did not endanger the integrity of the dam.

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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