Fishing & Boating


Caution is advised as the water level falls; watch for obstructions and shallow areas. The number of accessible boat ramps is very limited due to low water levels.

Fishing Report

Enid Lake - 11/27/2023 2:52:30 PM
Species Detail
Bass Fish main lake points, ledges, or the edges of the old river channel with crankbaits or soft plastics.
Crappie Best luck lately has been fishing jigs and/or minnows either in the main lake or the mouths of major creek coves for fish suspended 4 – 10 ft deep. There are a lot of "short fish"; use bigger baits and/or fish deeper to target larger crappie. 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.
Bream Few reports. Fish natural baits near any cover (timber, stake beds, riprap, etc.).
Catfish Fish worms or stinkbaits in the river and creeks if you can access them and there is rainfall runoff. Otherwise, fish various natural baits over main lake flats.
White Bass Cast jigs or small crankbaits over hard-bottomed, sandy main lake points. The mouth of the Wallace/Hubbard cove is a good spot. There are no size or number limits on white bass.

Fall drawdown is nearing winter pool. No matter what the weekly fishing report says, always check the links in the "Water Level" section for the lake's current level and if it's rising or falling. A big rain can change conditions quickly. Adjust to current conditions like the fish do. Except for catfish, fishing is usually better on a slow fall than a fast rise. Water falling, fish deeper; water rising, fish shallower.

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 both gates open 1.0 ft each (540 cfs) Monday. Best luck in the spillway is when some water is being released, but not too much. Catfishing should be best now on various natural baits fished near the bottom. Fish for white bass with shad-imitating jigs or small crankbaits in the faster water. Fish near the rocks with jigs and/or minnows under a bobber for crappie. Spinnerbaits, soft plastics, or crankbaits fished along the rocks may pick up some largemouth or spotted bass. Spillway gate openings, flow rates, and water levels can be obtained at (662)563-4571 or check at Vicksburg District Daily River Bulletin OR Yazoo River Basin Reservoirs (click on 24-hour change for picture explanation of gate flow, spillway flow, etc.). 

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 230.90, falling 0.1 ft/day, 0.4 ft over rule curve Monday. Fall drawdown is underway. Expect rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain the rule curve. Fall drawdown started August 15 (late due to dewater/inspection) and is supposed to and reach winter pool (230 ft) December 1. For water level information, call (662)563-4571 or check at Vicksburg District Daily River Bulletin for a table OR Yocona River @ Enid Dam, MS for a graph OR Yazoo River Basin Reservoirs for both (click on 24-hour change for picture explanation of gate flow, spillway flow, etc.). Be sure to check the date on the table; it is usually updated midday.

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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