Corps Lakes Offer Late Summer Recreational Opportunities For Families
By Chris Hannaford
The Enid Lake Field Office would like to remind all students and parents that Enid Lake offers plenty of recreational opportunities for those who are looking for one last summer fling as school kicks off and people are looking for activities close to home.
Enid Lake offers visitors some of the most modern camping facilities found in North Mississippi including five designated swimming beaches, fantastic hiking trails, and, with plenty of water this year, great fishing and boating opportunities.
Visitors to Enid Lake are reminded to put SAFETY at the top of their list. Some very important water safety tips to follow while participating in water activities are: boaters need to be sure and have a U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD) for every member of your boating party. Persons on board must not only have a PFD, but it must fit properly, be readily accessible, and be in good condition.
Boaters should also be familiar and abide by all new life jacket wear requirements which took effect May 22. Other boating tips are: never boat alone, always practice the buddy system, and remember alcohol and water don’t mix.
For those who will be visiting Enid’s designated swimming beaches: swim in the designated swimming area, never swim alone, have adult supervision for children, never depend on inflatables to keep you afloat, and NEVER dive into the water.
Paving Operations Scheduled
Paving operations are scheduled to begin in Wallace Creek Recreation Area in the near future. Visitors and campers are reminded to use caution when visiting the area, and are also reminded that some sites may be closed due to paving operations. Visitors may contact the Enid Lake Field Office at 662-563-4571 for campsite closures.
Preparation for Clean Up Day Begins
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Volunteers for Waste Management have started preparing for next year’s Clean Up Day, which is scheduled for February 27, 2010.
The next Clean Up Day meeting is scheduled for October 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm at the Chickasaw Hill Pavilion.
For more information on recreational opportunities, campsite closures, or upcoming special events please contact the Enid Lake Field Office at 662-563-4571 or visit us at our website at:
Enid Lake Fishing Report
Water level 253.10, stable, muddy to clear.
For up-to-date water level information, call (662) 563- 4571 or check http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/riverstage/bullet.txt.
The lake is stabilizing after last week’s rains. Best luck on crappie has been trolling or drifting baits 10 to 15 feet deep in 17 to 22 feet of water in creek mouths and the main lake. Mostly short fish are being caught, but some folks are putting decent numbers of keepers in the boat. Keepers are holding deeper and hitting larger baits. Catfish should be moving out of creek and river channels to nearby flats where trotlines should work.
White bass have been schooling on main lake points late in the evenings. Fish jigs, spoons, or small crankbaits. For largemouths, fish crankbaits or soft plastics off main lake points. Some good bass catches have also been reported from Wildcat Brake. There have also been good reports bass fishing at night. The lake was 3.5 ft above rule curve Tuesday. See http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/offices/ed/edh/plots/enidplot.jpg Fall draw down was supposed to start August 1.
The spillway had all gates closed Tuesday. It’s been pretty slow with the water off, but fishing should improve if the gates are opened up later this week. Best luck down here has been for channel catfish on standard baits. There have been some flatheads caught on live bait.
The daily creel limit for crappie on Enid Lake is 20 per person. The minimum length limit for crappie is 12 inches. Anglers fishing Enid Lake may use no more than 5 poles per person. The 12 inch length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway has a 20 crappie creel limit.