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Date 21-Nov-15
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Conditions : Enid Lake: ??? With heavy rains expected Tuesday night into Wednesday, expect the gates to be closed and the lake to rise. With rising, windy conditions, expect the best fishing for catfish on the windy side of the lake where fish move into the disturbed area to feed. Use standard catfish baits. Expect fishing to slowly improve for other species by the weekend as the lake level stabilizes, starts to clear, and drawdown resumes. Best pattern lately for crappie has been pushing jigs and/or minnows for suspended fish 6 - 14 ft deep out in the mouths of creeks or in the main lake. Most standing timber in the upper end has become too shallow. Some folks have been catching keeper crappie fishing sunken brush tops in similar depths or shallower, even ones sticking out of the water. A lot of short fish are being reported; use bigger baits and fish deeper to discourage smaller fish. Pinch down the barbs on hooks to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish. Catfish and white bass will bite baits meant for crappie. Catfish have been biting various natural baits (chicken liver, cut shad, etc.) on lines, jugs (noodles), or rod-and-reel on flats in the main lake. White bass are also in the main lake feeding on shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points. There is no size or number limit on white bass. There have been several good reports lately on largemouth bass fishing soft plastics or spinnerbaits around shallow cover (especially planted brush) as cover becomes limited with falling lake levels.

MDWFP finished fall electrofishing this week. Good numbers of bream, largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish were concentrated on remaining planted cover (brush tops, stake beds) in shallow water. Higher water levels the last couple of years have resulted in abundant hand-sized bream. Bass ranged from 3 inches to over 7 pounds with a lot of 2 to 5 pound fish. Most crappie were from the last three years; white crappie from 2013 averaged about 12 inches long (some larger, some smaller). White bass were not as abundant as in past years. Shad forage was adequate to support predators like bass and crappie.

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.

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: - (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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