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Date 14-Jul-16
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Conditions : Enid Lake: Water level 251.50 ft, falling 0.15 ft/day, 2.3 ft over rule curve Tuesday. It is supposed to be maintained at 250 ft (summer pool) from May 1 to August 1. For water level information,call (662) 563-4571

The water is falling slowly and fish are near deeper water (creek and/or river channels, dropoffs, etc.). The folks at Longbranch Bait and Tackle (662)710-8112 reported Tuesday most folks have been catching suspended crappie either spider rigging or pulling crankbaits over the old river channel and major creek mouths. Some folks have switched to minnows to get more bites, but they are dealing with more short fish, too. Fish 8 - 12 ft deep early in the morning and work down to about 18 - 20 ft as it heats up during the day. Most colors are working if you get them in front of fish, but pink seems to be doing well. The timber out from Water Valley landing has been producing some keepers. A lot of short fish are being reported; use bigger baits and fish deeper to discourage smaller fish. Replace treble hooks with singles and/or pinch down the barbs to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish. With summer thunderstorms, if you find a tributary with some rainfall runoff, fish worms or stink baits there for catfish; otherwise, fish trotlines or drift natural baits with the wind on the bottom with rod-and-reel. Grabbling season ends July 15. Channel Catfish should be biting worms fished under a bobber over the rip-rap rocks on the dam or around ramps. For Largemouth Bass, look for clearer water and fish soft plastics, crankbaits, or spinnerbaits on the edges of cover near deeper water (as mentioned above) or off secondary or main lake points. As usual this time of year, fish shallower early and late in the day and fish deeper midday. Fish for White Bass with jigs or small crankbaits over sandy, main lake points in the evenings. Some are biting crankbaits fished for crappie. There are no size or number limits for White Bass.

The spillway had one gate open 1.0 ft, one open 2.0 ft (1100 cfs) Tuesday. About the only reports down here have been for Channel Catfish on natural baits or for bream fishing crickets.

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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