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Date 11-Oct-17
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Conditions : Enid Lake: The water level is still just above rule curve; fall drawdown is underway. Water temperatures are in the upper 70s to low 80s. 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 8 - 20+ ft deep (12 to 18 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, jigs and 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; mornings and evenings are best for surface schooling action. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Largemouth Bass have been 3 - 8 ft deep on any cover (brush tops, stake beds, etc.) on the edges of creek and river channels in the clearest water available where spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or soft plastics should work very early and late in the day. Midday, fish 6 to 12 ft deep over main lake points; any cover is a plus. For catfish, fish worms or stink baits in the creeks and river channels if there is any rain runoff (unlikely this week). Catfish can also be taken fishing deeper water over main lake flats using trotlines, noodles (jugs), or rod-and-reel.

The spillway had one gate open 2.0 ft and one gate open 1.0 ft (950 cfs) Tuesday. 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. 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.

Reported by: MDWFP

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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.

Crappie spawning in Enid is normally from the end of March through the end of April, but it may vary a week or more depending on weather, moon phase, etc. Crappie spawned nearly a month later than normal the last couple of springs because a cold winter made main lake temperatures where crappie overwinter very cold. Main lake temperatures are warmer this winter and a more normal spawning time is expected unless we get an unusually cool spring. Not all crappie spawn at the same time; larger females usually spawn first and get the best spots. Black Crappie usually spawn earlier than White Crappie (males of both species get dark during the spawn; do not use color to tell the species apart).

Misc Info: - (2015) Starting July 22, 2015, 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.

Starting July 22, 2015, limits on black bass (largemouth and spotted) go to statewide limits: no size limit, 10 fish per person daily.

Enid Lake Level



- Near Flood Stage
268' - Minor Flooding

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