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Date 20-Apr-17
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Conditions : Enid Lake: Water level 241.50 ft, rising 0.2 ft/day, 4.6 ft below rule curve Tuesday. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to achieve and maintain rule curve; it should rise from 235 ft March 1 to summer pool (250 ft) May 1. For water level information, call (662)563-4571

Monday's rain should raise the water level slightly, but not enough to push it up to rule curve. The water should continue to clear up unless we get another significant rain with runoff.

Longbranch Bait and Tackle (662)710-8112 reports crappie were spawning here last week with the water rise and full moon, but success dropped off on the weekend with easterly winds and stabilizing water levels. As usual, most bigger crappie spawn earlier and smaller fish move in later. Most of the bigger crappie that have not spawned yet should be spawning about 5 ft deep unless we get another significant water rise; smaller crappie should be spawning less than 5 ft deep. Jigging and wading the major creeks and pockets with bright colored (black/chartreuse, black/orange, etc.) jigs and/or minnows in newly flooded grass may yield a lot of short fish; larger fish, both pre- and post-spawn, can be taken jigging or trolling dropoffs with larger baits out from spawning areas. Most White Bass have been taken incidentally by crappie anglers, but some are still spawning in the creeks and river where they can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. No reports on Largemouth Bass, but expect some to be in the shallow, flooded grass in the backs of creek coves and pockets where spinnerbaits or buzzbaits should work. Catfishing should be good fishing worms and other baits in newly flooded areas with a variety of techniques (lines, noodles, rod-and-reel).

The spillway had one gate open 0.25 ft (50 cfs) Tuesday. Few reports down here. Be aware the old fishing pier is gone and a new one is under construction. For crappie, fish jigs and/or minnows near the rocks. Catfishing is best in eddies on natural bait. For White Bass, fish small crankbaits, jigs, or tailspinners in faster current; below the "waterfall" is a good spot. Fish for Largemouth or Spotted Bass on the rocks with crankbaits or a jig-n-pig.

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



- Near Flood Stage
268' - Minor Flooding

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