Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 11/12/2019 3:12:30 PM
Species Detail
Bass Largemouth Bass will be 4 - 12 ft deep in the river and creek channels where the water is just pulling into the banks, off secondary points in coves, off main lake points, or around any cover (stumps, brush tops, stake beds, etc.). Fish topwaters, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, or crankbaits, but keep a Carolina or Texas-rigged soft plastic handy to cast for missed strikes. Fish shallower early and late in the day and deeper midday. There have been some good bass reports lately.
Crappie There was a fruit jar tournament Saturday, but no report available. Most crappie reports have been from folks slow trolling jigs and/or minnows in creek mouths and the main lake 5 - 15 ft deep (mostly 6 - 12 ft) for suspended fish. Usually fish are shallower early and move deeper as the sun rises. Although some good fish are being caught, a lot of short fish are being released. 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. Trollers are also catching some catfish and White Bass.
Bream Fish for bream with worms or crickets 3 - 6 ft deep under a bobber around any cover on creek and river channel edges, sunken brush tops, or rocks and rip-rap.
Catfish Fish for catfish with various natural baits in the river and creeks where the water is just pulling into the banks. Otherwise, fish various natural baits with your gear of choice (rod-and-reel, noodles, etc.) over main lake flats.
White Bass White Bass are in the main lake feeding on small shad. Fish jigs or small crankbaits over sandy points early and late in the day. The Wallace/Hubbard cove is also a good area. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Enid, just White Bass which have no size or number limits.

Special Fishing Regulations


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.


The spillway had two gates open 4.0 ft each (2340 cfs) Tuesday PM. Gate operations this week will depend on predicted rainfall. Fishing is usually better when some water is being released. Best luck lately has been for catfish fishing near the bottom on various natural baits. For crappie, fish jigs and/or minnows near the rocks and/or out of the current. For White Bass, fish jigs or small crankbaits in the current. Fish for Largemouth or Spotted Bass on the rocks with crankbaits or soft plastics. Fish for bream off the rocks with crickets or worms under a bobber.

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

Water level 243.07, falling 0.3 ft/day, 8.8 ft above rule curve Tuesday. The water level is supposed to fall from 250 ft (summer pool) starting July 29 to 230 ft (winter pool) on December 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.

Fall drawdown is underway. There have been fewer reports lately with the rain and cold weather. With the water falling, expect fish to follow the river, creeks, and ditches towards deeper water.

Contact the COE office (662) 563-4571 for accessible ramps at current water levels.


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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