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Sardis Lake Sponsored by
Date 14-May-15
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Conditions : Sardis Lake: As predicted, the late spawn ended about 3 – 4 days after the full moon May 3. MDWFP electrofishing in coves near the dam last week showed very few crappie still shallow. Female crappie in spring may be pre-spawn, spawning, or post-spawn all at the same time, depending on the area of the lake and how deep you’re fishing. Spawning normally takes 4 – 8 weeks, but can be more or less, depending on weather, water levels, and other factors.

A crappie tournament this past weekend was won with 13.39 lb (7 fish); big fish was 2.58 (unconfirmed reports). Most crappie anglers have been slow trolling 6 – 10 ft deep in the main lake or mouths of creeks with jigs and/or minnows; ledges or dropoffs are holding suspended fish. Most folks have been catfishing with channel cats moving toward rip-rap rocks; fish worms or other baits under a bobber. Lines and noodles (jugs) are also producing. No reports on grabbling yet.

Wyatts Crossing - report best luck on the upper end has been for crappie and catfish. Some crappie limits have been reported fishing black/chartreuse or red/chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows 4 ft deep in the dead timber in the Blackwater Creek area. Most catfish are being landed on trotlines using minnows. White bass are mostly back in the main lake; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits. There is no size or number limit on white bass. Largemouth bass are 2 – 6 ft deep where spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or other search lures fished over flooded cover on flats or secondary points in coves should draw strikes; look for clearer water. Try for bream with crickets or redworms in their usual spawning hot spots (Piney Point to Blackwater Creek, east of Hurricane Creek ramps).

The spillway had two gates open 2.0 ft each (1050 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck down here has been has been for small blue catfish on nightcrawlers (or jigs fished for crappie). A few crappie are being caught, but that has slowed down.

Reported by: MDWFP

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Misc Info: - 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



- Near Flood Stage
281.4' - Minor Flooding

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