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Date 16-Nov-16
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Conditions : Sardis Lake: Water level 241.56, falling 0.3 ft/day, 1.9 ft above rule curve Tuesday. Fall drawdown is supposed to start August 1 to reach winter pool (236 ft) by December 1. For water level information, call (662) 563-4531

The lake is above rule curve and on fall drawdown; fish are relating to creek 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.

Crappie fishing has been spotty as a series of cold fronts has been coming through; best fishing is after the front passes when the wind switches from north and/or east to south and/or west. Best luck for crappie has been fishing jigs and/or minnows 5 - 10 ft deep for suspended fish. Most folks have been slow-trolling in the main lake or single poling in the timber with most fishing going on from just above Holiday Lodge to the dam. Some crappie have also been caught lately fishing any remaining submerged brush tops and stake beds (this is a good time to build your own). A lot of short fish are being reported; 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 (unlikely this week), 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. With the water falling, catfishers have been picking up fish in the river channel from Wyatt's Crossing to below Hurricane Landing. You can get in at the Indian Mound now, but watch the hole in the road. As the water falls, Largemouth Bass are on any cover (trees, stumps) on creek or river channel edges and any remaining cover (brush tops, stake beds, etc.) in the main lake; fish jigs, soft plastics, or spinnerbaits. Fish for White Bass with jigs or small crankbaits over hard clay or sandy, main lake points. There are no size or number limits on White Bass.

The spillway had two gates open 8.0 ft each (2650 cfs) Tuesday. Best fishing has been for catfish with natural baits and for White Bass on shad-imitating jigs or small crankbaits.

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Misc Info: - (2016Starting 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, including Sardis LowerLake, 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.) The daily limit on black bass (largemouth and spotted) is 7 fish, any size.

The daily crappie creel limit is 15 per person. Crappie must be over 11 inches. Anglers fishing Sardis Lake may use no more than 3 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 crappie length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway, including Sardis Lower Lake, has a 20 crappie creel limit.



Sardis Lake Level

Stages

Normal

- Near Flood Stage
281.4' - Minor Flooding


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