Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 5/21/2019 3:13:32 PM

Water level 267.90, falling 0.1 ft/day, 17.9 ft above rule curve Tuesday. The water level is supposed to rise from 235 ft March 1 to 250 ft (summer pool) May 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 stopped going over the emergency spillway recently and began falling slowly. Angler access is very limited due to flooding. As the water falls, fish a little deeper and concentrate on travel routes like ditches and creek and river channels as fish move back to deeper water.

Crappie have been scattered in flooded vegetation. Some anglers are using small boats to fish 5 - 6 ft deep in the shade of trees with jigs and/or minnows. Other anglers are trolling 8 - 12 ft deep over 20+ ft of water for suspended fish out from the edges of flooded vegetation. Although most trollers are using jigs and/or minnows, some have started trying crankbaits. White Bass are still in the river and creeks where they can be taken on jigs or small crankbaits fished over sandbars. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Enid, just White Bass which have no size or number limits. Largemouth Bass will be in the clearest available water on any cover where weedless lures (spinnerbait, buzzbait) can catch or locate fish. Keep a weedless soft plastic rigged to cast for missed strikes. Catfish will be feeding in flooded flats and in any rainfall runoff; fish various natural baits on your gear of choice (rod-and-reel, trotlines, etc.). Grabbling will be challenging under flooded conditions. 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 1.5 - 4 ft deep under a bobber.

The spillway had one gate open 2.5 ft, one open 3.0 ft (1850 cfs) Tuesday. 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. Catfishing is best 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.

The Vicksburg COE website reported the dirt slide on the back of the dam is superficial and does 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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