Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 7/17/2018 3:56:47 PM

Water level 253.20, falling 0.1 ft/day, 3.2 ft above rule curve Tuesday.  Water level is supposed to be at summer pool (250 ft) from May 1 until August 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.

Best luck for crappie has been pulling crankbaits or slow trolling weighted jigs and/or minnows 16 - 20+ ft deep in 20 - 25 ft of water off main lake points and major creek mouths. Some catfish, drum, or White Bass may be taken crappie fishing. 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 baits over flats with rod-and-reel. Grabbling season is over. Head for the river and creeks and fish worms or stinkbaits if there is any rain runoff. White Bass are in the main lake schooling on shad off sandy main lake points very early and late in the day; 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 on summer patterns off main lake points; fish topwaters or spinnerbaits shallow early and late and switch to crankbaits or soft plastics deep midday.

The spillway had both gates open 2.0 ft (1430 cfs) Tuesday AM. Fish for catfish with natural baits near the bottom. This is a good time to try fishing for bream off the rocks with crickets. 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.

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