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Sardis Lake Sponsored by
Date 20-Aug-15
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Conditions : Sardis Lake: Best luck for crappie has been fishing crankbaits 16 – 20 ft deep in the main lake or major creek mouths toward the dam. A lot of short fish are being reported; use bigger baits and fish deeper to discourage smaller fish. Pinch down the barbs on crankbait hooks to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish. Quite a few blue catfish and white bass have been hitting crankbaits meant for crappie. Catfish have been biting natural baits fished on lines, jugs (noodles), or rod-and-reel. Catfishing in inflowing waters may pick up this week if we get some runoff from predicted rain Wednesday. White bass are in the main lake feeding on shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points. Action is usually best the last 2 – 3 hours before dark. There have been reports of a LOT of white bass in the lake; there is no size or number limit on them, so take all you can use. For largemouth bass, fish spinnerbaits or topwaters in shallower water over flooded cover early and late in the day and crankbaits or soft plastics in deeper water on channel edges or main lake points midday; look for clearer water.

The spillway had two gates open 5.0 ft each (2500 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck down here has been has been for freshwater drum and white bass fishing jigs near the bottom in the fast water. Catfishing has slowed down, but you can still catch a few on nightcrawlers or cut shad. The bad smell in the spillway is hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg gas) that is in solution in deep water where there is no oxygen in the upper lake. As deep water is drawn through the dam, the gas comes out of solution in the spillway when the water is re-oxygenated with splashing down the tunnel and rocks.

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Misc Info: - (2015) 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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