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Date 08-Sep-16
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Conditions : Sardis Lake: Water level 259.84, falling 0.2 ft/day, 5.0 ft above rule curve Tuesday. Fall drawdown is supposed to start August 1 to reach winter pool (236 ft) by December 1. For water level information, call (662) 563-4531

The lake is finally falling which should put fish relating to deeper water (creek and river channels). Best luck for crappie has been fishing jigs and/or minnows anywhere from 6 - 17 ft deep (fish shallower early or late, deeper midday) for suspended fish in standing, dead timber. Folks pulling crankbaits are picking up suspended crappie fishing pretty much in the middle of the lake or in open pockets in the timber. Best catches have been early in the morning. Some crappie have also been caught lately fishing submuerged brush tops and stake beds. 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 noodles (jugs) or drift natural baits on the bottom with rod-and-reel. Catfish are also being caught by crappie anglers. For Largemouth Bass, fish offshore ledges or main lake points 12 to 16 ft deep with deep-running crankbaits or Carolina-rigged soft plastics (it helps if you find brush tops or bring your own). As usual this time of year, fish shallower 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 6.0 ft each (2750 cfs) Tuesday. Expect fishing to pick up as fish move up from the river and flush down from the lake with the gates back open. Best fishing will likely be for catfish with natural baits and for White Bass on shad-imitating jigs or small crankbaits.

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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

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- Near Flood Stage
281.4' - Minor Flooding


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