Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 9/17/2019 4:13:43 PM

Water level 255.13, falling 0.2 ft/day, 10.6 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, but the water is still well above summer pool. Expect shallow fish (and bait fish) to follow the river, creeks, and ditches towards deeper water. Folks have been starting and leaving early because of the heat. Most ramps are accessible at present water levels.

Most crappie reports have been from folks trolling (either spider rigging jigs and/or minnows or pulling crankbaits) in creek mouths and the main lake 12 - 22 ft deep (mostly 16 - 20 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. 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. 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. Get there at daylight for the early bite. 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 - 15 ft deep in the river and creek channels, off secondary points in coves, or off main lake points. Fish topwaters, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, or crankbaits, but keep a 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 with good numbers of fish. If there is rainfall runoff, fish for catfish in the river and creeks with worms or stink baits. Otherwise, fish various natural baits on your gear of choice (rod-and-reel, trotlines, etc.) over main lake flats and in the channels as the water falls. 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 - 6 ft deep under a bobber. Otherwise, fish any cover on creek and river channel edges, the edges of flooded vegetation, or sunken brush tops.

The spillway had two gates open 2.5 ft each (1820 cfs) Tuesday AM. 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.

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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