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Date 11-Apr-18
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Conditions : Enid Lake: Water level was 260.70, rising 0.05 ft/day, 16.4 ft above rule curve Tuesday. Water level is supposed to rise from 235 ft March 1 to summer pool (250 ft) by May 1. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain rule curve. For water level information, call (662)563-4571

The water is high, clearing, and stabilizing. Warmer weather is predicted later this week, but rain and a cold front for the weekend. Best luck for crappie has been jigging the edge of flooded trees 4 - 6 ft deep with bright colored (chartreuse, orange, pink, etc.) jigs and/or minnows. Some folks have been catching them trolling out from the trees at the same depths. Any warming trend and/or rise should push them shallow. A few catfish have been caught in the river and creeks on natural bait. Trotlines will also work. White Bass should be in the river and creeks where jigs or small crankbaits should work. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Contact Longbranch Bait and Tackle (662)710-8112 for up-to-date information.

Crappie fishing tip: Crappie sense water level changes and react accordingly. When the water is rising, they will spawn 1 - 3 ft deep; when it is falling (or very clear), they will spawn 3 - 6 ft deep or more. Eggs hatch in 2 - 3 days. Newly hatched fry have a yolk sac, but no mouth. They lie in the nest (guarded by the male) until their yolk sac is absorbed and mouth parts form in another 2 - 3 days. Then they swim up and start feeding. Development is faster when the water is warmer; laying eggs to swim-up usually takes less than a week. Not all fish spawn at the same time. Spawning may last 4 - 6 weeks, or more, ensuring some fish are produced each spring.

The spillway had one gate open 1.0 ft each (464 cfs) Tuesday AM. The Corps is trying to get the water level down. Few reports down here. A few catfish can be caught fishing natural baits near the bottom. White Bass should be in the current (but not in the heavy current) where jigs or small crankbaits will work. The old spillway fishing pier has been replaced with a new one in the same spot.

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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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