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Sardis Lake Sponsored by
Date 18-May-16
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Conditions : Sardis Lake: Water level 265.95 ft, falling 0.1 ft/day, 6.0 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

The lake is falling slowly. With the water not dropping too fast and water temperatures still fairly cool, fish have no incentive to move out of flooded shoreline vegetation, but are following deeper water (river, slough and creek channels) to the edges of cover.

Some regulars have been picking up crappie fishing jigs and/or minnows 8 ft deep in 20 - 25 ft of water in standing, dead timber. Others have been finding a few slow trolling 5 - 8 ft deep on the edges of the bushes with a jig and/or minnow or crankbaits. Catfish should bite on worms in the river and creeks after any rain runoff; otherwise, try trotlines in the channels. Grabbling season started May 1, but water temperatures have been a little cool for much success. Normally at this time of year, Channel Catfish would be biting worms fished under a bobber over rip-rap rocks on the dam and boat ramps. For Largemouth Bass, look for clearer water and try topwaters, buzzbaits, or spinnerbaits on the edges of flooded cover near deeper water. White Bass are back in the main lake; fish jigs or small crankbaits over sandy points. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Carp, buffalo, and gar are moving in the shallows if you want to try some bowfishing.

The spillway had two gates open 5.0 ft each (2600 cfs) Tuesday. More water is coming through down here. 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.

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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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