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Date 16-Nov-16
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Conditions : Enid Lake: Water level 233.90 ft, falling 0.4 ft/day, 0.1 ft below rule curve Tuesday. Fall drawdown started August 1 with a target to reach winter pool (230 ft) by December 1. For water level information,call (662) 563-4571

The lake is near rule curve and on fall drawdown; fish are relating to creeks and river channels following deeper water to the main lake. Fall weather is finally here. As the water cools and falls, fish are moving shallower.

The folks at Longbranch Bait and Tackle (662)710-8112 reported crappie fishing has been fair to good. Best luck for crappie has been slow trolling 7 - 10 ft deep, although some fish can be found shallower and deeper; jigging any remaining cover (timber, stake beds, brush tops, or build your own) will work, too. Although a lot of fish are short of the size limit, more and more are 12 - 13 inches with some 14 - 15 inch fish also. 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. If you find a tributary with some rainfall runoff, fish worms or stink baits there for catfish; otherwise, fish trotlines or noodles (jugs) or drift natural baits on the bottom with rod-and-reel. For Largemouth Bass, fish by deep water (creek or river banks) and/or around any remaining cover (stumps, brush tops, stake beds, etc.) with jigs, soft plastics, or spinnerbaits. Fish for White Bass with jigs or small crankbaits over sandy, main lake points. Some are biting baits fished for crappie. There are no size or number limits for White Bass.

The lake just fell below rule curve, and the spillway gates were closed down some Tuesday to both gates open 2.0 ft (1050 cfs). Most reports down here have been for Channel Catfish on worms or other natural baits. White Bass should be biting jigs or small crankbaits fished in the fast water.

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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