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Enid Lake Sponsored by
Date 14-Jun-17
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Conditions : Enid Lake: Water level 244.00 ft, stable, 6.0 ft below rule curve Tuesday. The Corps is supposed to maintain summer pool (250 ft) from May 1 to August 1

Water levels have stabilized, and it has cleared up in the tributaries.

Crappie anglers have been slow trolling jigs and/or minnows 8 - 20+ ft deep for fish suspended in deeper water, with along the dam, creek mouths, and over the old river channel the most popular areas. Some folks are using crankbaits and returning a lot of short fish. Try larger lures to discourage small fish. Replace treble hooks with single hooks or squeeze down the barbs to reduce injuries to released fish. Most White Bass have been taken incidentally by crappie anglers, but expect them to be starting to congregate on sandy points feeding on shad in the main lake 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 4 - 8 ft deep in shallow, flooded grass on the edges of creek and river channels in the clearest water available where spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or soft plastics should work. Some have been moving toward deeper water and main lake points holding on limited cover (brush tops, stake beds, etc.). As usual for this time of year, fish for bass shallow early and late in the day and work your way deeper when it heats up. Catfish have moved into newly flooded areas to feed where they can be taken using various natural baits on noodles (jugs) or trotlines. Fish out past the grass over main lake flats on baits drifted on the bottom with rod-and-reel. Some catfish have moved to the rip-rap rocks to spawn in the holes where worms under a bobber will tempt them. A few folks have been landing a few hand grabbling. Bream have been moving to the shallows to spawn over a sand or gravel bottom (old roads or 4 wheeler trails are good); crickets or worms fished under a bobber will do as well as anything.

The spillway had one gate open 0.25 ft (50 cfs) Tuesday to maintain a minimum flow in the river below. Few reports down here. 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.

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

Stages

Normal

- Near Flood Stage
268' - Minor Flooding


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