Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 11/15/2017 10:28:57 AM

Water level 235.70 ft, falling 0.2 ft/day, 1.8 ft above rule curve Tuesday. Fall drawdown is supposed to start August 1 and reach winter pool (230 ft) by December 1. For water level information, call (662) 563-4571 or check at for a table or for a graph. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

The water level is still above rule curve, but fall drawdown is underway. Water temperatures are near 60. As the water falls and cools, expect fish to start moving shallower. Fall drawdown concentrates fish in creek and river channels as they move into the main lake; predators feed on bait fish pulled out of the shallows.

Best reports for crappie have been slow trolling jigs and/or minnows or pulling crankbaits 6 - 16 ft deep (8 to 12 ft has been best) for fish suspended in deeper water; along the dam, major creek mouths, and over the old river channel have been the most popular areas. Lately, minnows have been producing more keeper fish. Try larger lures and/or hooks to discourage small fish. Replace treble hooks with single hooks and/or squeeze down the barbs to reduce injuries to released fish. Most White Bass have been taken incidentally by crappie anglers, but they are congregating on sandy, main lake points feeding on shad where they can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Largemouth Bass have been 3 - 6 ft deep on any remaining cover (rocks, brush tops, stake beds, etc.) in the clearest water available where spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or soft plastics should work. For catfish, fish worms or stink baits in the creeks and river channels if there is any rain runoff. Catfish can also be taken fishing various natural baits in deeper water over main lake flats using trotlines, noodles (jugs), or rod-and-reel.

The spillway had two gates open 2.0 ft each (1150 cfs) Wedesday. Few reports down here except for catfish on natural baits. The old fishing pier is gone and the new one is finished. For crappie, fish jigs and/or minnows near the rocks. Catfishing is best in holes and eddies on natural bait. For White Bass, fish small crankbaits, jigs, or tailspinners in what current there is; below the "waterfall" is usually a good spot. Fish for Largemouth or Spotted Bass near the rocks with crankbaits or soft plastics.

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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