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Enid Lake Sponsored by
Date 24-Jul-14
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Conditions : Enid Lake: ??? Rising water shut down crappie fishing some, but catfishing picked up. Expect the opposite this week as the lake starts falling again. MDWFP creel surveys show most crappie anglers are trolling jigs and/or minnows or crankbaits about 10 – 14 ft deep. This past week jigs and/or minnows were doing better. Crappie schools are following shad schools, meaning they’re scattered; some folks are catching good numbers, others are catching just a few. Some big schools of white bass have been reported lately schooling on little shad; fish over sandy, main lake points with small shad-colored crankbaits or jigs. For catfish, fish worms or stink baits in the river and creeks as long as there is rainfall runoff. Otherwise, fish natural baits with rod-and-reel or under noodles (jugs) or lines. Largemouth bass are scattered in heavy shallow cover up the river and in the backs of creeks rather than concentrated on main lake points like they usually are this time of year. Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and soft plastics fished surface to about 8 ft deep should work best.

The spillway had 2 gates opened to 2.0 ft each (1400 cfs) on Tuesday. Best luck down here has been for eating-size channel catfish on various natural baits. A few folks are targeting flatheads with live bait. Some white bass can be taken in the faster water and a few bream and bass can be taken on the rocks. The bad smell in the spillway is hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg gas) that is in solution in deep water where there is no oxygen in the upper lake. As deep water is drawn through the dam, the gas comes out of solution in the spillway when the water is re-oxygenated with splashing down the tunnel and rocks.

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About: - MDWFP electrofishing last fall found good spawns of crappie, bass, and white bass this past spring. There were good white crappie spawns in 2009, 2010, and 2011. The big 2009 year class averaged just under 12 inches in November and is growing normally. The abundance of smaller fish bodes well for crappie fishing through 2015. Bass from 2007 and 2008 were abundant from 14 to 17 inches (1.5 to 2.5 lb), but there were also good numbers of bass to over 7 lbs. Bream were not extremely abundant, but many were one-third to one-half pound.

Contact the COE office (662)563-4571 for accessible ramps at current water levels.

The daily limit for black bass (largemouth and spotted) is 7 fish, any size.

The daily creel limit for crappie on Enid Lake is 20 per person. Crappie must be over 12 inches. Anglers fishing Enid Lake may use no more than 5 poles per person. The 12 inch length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway has a 20 crappie creel limit.


Misc Info: - The daily creel limit for crappie on Enid Lake is 20 per person. The minimum length limit for crappie is 12 inches. Anglers fishing Enid Lake may use no more than 5 poles per person. The 12 inch length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway has a 20 crappie creel limit.


Enid Lake Level

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Normal

- Near Flood Stage
268' - Minor Flooding

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