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Sardis Lake Sponsored by
Date 20-Apr-17
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Conditions : Sardis Lake: Water level 250.47 ft, stable, about 6.0 ft below rule curve Tuesday. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to maintain rule curve; it is supposed to rise from 241 ft on March 1 to summer pool (260 ft) on May 1. For water level information, call (662)563-4531

Monday's rains may raise the water level slightly, but not nearly enough to push it up to rule curve. The water should continue to clear up unless we get another significant rain with runoff.

Crappie were spawning here last week with good catches for about a week as the water rose, but success on keepers dropped off this past weekend with easterly winds and stabilizing water levels. As usual, most bigger fish spawned first and smaller fish started moving in. Folks are reporting better success on keepers fishing 5 - 7 ft deep and/or using orange/chartreuse jigs (with or without minnows), especially in larger sizes. Not all big fish have spawned, but are spawning deeper. Jigging and wading shallow (less than 5 ft) in flooded grass has been producing mostly short crappie lately. Most White Bass have been incidental catches by crappie anglers, but some are still spawning in the river and creeks over a sand bottom where they can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Catfishing should be good fishing various natural baits in newly flooded areas with a variety of techniques (lines, noodles, rod-and-reel). Channels are more likely to bite worms or stinkbaits, while bigger blues prefer minnows, cut shad, or flavored chicken. The ramp into the river at Wyatt's Crossing was recently cleaned off. No reports on Largemouth Bass, but they should also be in shallow, flooded grass where spinnerbaits or buzzbaits fished on the grass edges should work. Some folks are enjoying bowfishing for gar and carp in similar areas.

The spillway had one gate open 0.5 ft (50 cfs) Tuesday. About the best reports here have been a few crappie and White Bass. For White Bass, drift a 2 jig rig just off bottom in the current or fish small crankbaits or tailspinner lures. For crappie, fish jigs and/or minnows under a bobber near the rocks or troll in the Lower Lake. Catfish can be taken fishing natural baits near the bottom.

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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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