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Date 14-Jul-16
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Conditions : Sardis Lake: Water level 261.38 ft, stable, 1.4 ft over rule curve Tuesday. The lake is supposed to be maintained at 260 ft (summer pool) from May 1 until August 1. For water level information, call (662) 563-4531

Recent rains have the water coming in about balancing spilway releases. Best luck for crappie has been fishing jigs and/or minnows 12 - 20 ft deep for suspended fish in standing, dead timber. Folks pulling crankbaits are picking up some crappie in creek mouths and over the old river channel, plus some catfish and White Bass. Both pole and troll anglers should fish deeper as the day heats up. Best catches have come from daylight until about 10 AM. 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. With scattered summer storms, if you find a tributary with some rainfall runoff, fish worms or stink baits there for catfish; otherwise, fish trotlines or drift natural baits with the wind on the bottom with rod-and-reel. Grabbling season ends July 15. Channel Catfish should be biting worms fished under a bobber over rip-rap rocks on the dam and boat ramps. For Largemouth Bass, fish secondary or main lake points 12 to 18 ft deep with soft plastics (it helps if you find brush tops or bring your own). As usual this time of year, fish shallow early or late in the day and deeper midday. Fish for White Bass with jigs or small crankbaits over sandy, main lake points. There are no size or number limits on White Bass.

The spillway had two gates open 2.0 ft each (1100 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck has been for Blue Catfish (white humpbacks) fishing natural baits near the bottom. Some smaller crappie can be taken fishing jigs and/or minnows under a bobber fairly close to the rocks. White Bass can be taken on jigs or small crankbaits in the faster water. A lot of drum are being caught on both natural and artificial baits.

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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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