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Date 11-Jul-14
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Conditions : Sardis Lake: Best luck here for crappie has been trolling jigs and/or minnows or crankbaits 12 – 16 ft deep; crankbaits are doing a little better. Expect a few catfish or white bass on either. Crappie schools are following shad schools, meaning they’re scattered; some folks are doing well, others are catching just a few. Remember, most crappie in a school are about the same size. Catfish have been biting in the river channel in the upper end on catalpa worms or shrimp. Channel catfish are about done spawning in holes in the rip-rap; fish natural baits under a bobber over the rocks. Male channels get big, dark bluish heads during spawning season. Blue catfish (white humpbacks) have been biting cut shad fished on trotlines or noodles (jugs) and will move into newly flooded areas. Grabblers have been getting both blues and flatheads lately. White bass are starting to school on little shad; fish over sandy, main lake points with small shad-colored crankbaits or jigs. For largemouth bass, fish spinnerbaits or topwaters on channel edges 4 – 6 ft deep in the backs of creeks early and late in the day or Carolina rig soft plastics 8 – 12 ft deep on offshore structure or points midday.

Some crappie and bass are thin due to the rigors of spawning plus a winter die-off of threadfin shad. Crappie are starting to thicken up as this year’s gizzard shad are growing big enough to make a decent mouthful.

The spillway had one gate open 0.5 ft (100 cfs) Tuesday. Fishing has been slow down here lately; expect better fishing with some current coming through. Best luck has been for white bass along the wing walls or bream on the rip-rap rocks. Fish for catfish with natural baits. Jug (noodle) fishing and grabbling have also been producing cats in the Lower Lake. A few crappie can be taken trolling the Lower Lake.

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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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