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Enid Lake Sponsored by
Date 18-May-16
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Conditions : Enid Lake: Water level 257.10 ft, falling 0.1 ft/day, 7.1 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 lake is falling slowly; fish are moving to the outer edge of shoreline bushes and trees near deeper water (creek, river, ditch, and slough channels). Folks have started to pick up crappie either jigging the outer edges of the bushes or trolling (either spider rigging or pulling crankbaits) shallow right on the edge of the vegetation 3 - 8 ft deep. A club crappie tournament was held this past weekend, but no word on the results yet other than rumor has it was won with around 12 lb (7 fish). Expect catfish to be feeding in the river and creeks if there is rain runoff; otherwise, fish trotlines. Grabbling season started May 1, but water temperatures are a little cool for much success. Normally this time of year, Channel Catfish will 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 topwaters, buzzbaits, or spinnerbaits on the edges of cover near deeper water (as mentioned above). White Bass are back in the main lake; fish jigs or small crankbaits over sand points. There are no size or number limits for White Bass. Carp, buffalo, and gar are moving in the shallows if you want to try some bowfishing.

The spillway had two gates open 1.0 ft (800 cfs) Tuesday. About the only reports have been for Channel Catfish on natural baits.

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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