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Sardis Lake Sponsored by
Date 21-Nov-15
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Conditions : Sardis Lake: With heavy rains expected Tuesday night into Wednesday, expect the gates to be closed and the lake to rise. With rising, windy conditions, expect the best fishing for catfish on the windy side of the lake where fish move into the disturbed area to feed. Use standard catfish baits, especially cut shad or flavored chicken for more common blue cats (white river cats). Expect fishing to slowly improve for other species by the weekend as the lake level stabilizes, starts to clear, and drawdown resumes. Best luck for crappie has been fishing jigs and/or minnows 6 - 12 ft deep in the main lake or major creek mouths toward the dam. Some folks have been catching keeper crappie fishing standing timber near the river or sunken brush tops and/or stake beds 4 - 6 ft deep. A lot of short fish are being reported; use bigger baits and fish deeper to discourage smaller fish. Pinch down the barbs on hooks to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead fish. Catfish and white bass will bite baits meant for crappie. Catfish have been biting natural baits fished on lines, jugs (noodles), or rod-and-reel, especially in the upper end. White bass are in the main lake feeding on shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points. There is no size or number limit on white bass. Best luck on largemouth bass has been fishing spinnerbaits or soft plastics around any shallow cover (cover is rapidly disappearing with the lake falling).

The spillway had two gates open 12.0 ft each, two open 4.0 ft each (3950 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck down here has been has been for white bass fishing jigs near the bottom in the fast water. For catfish, use various natural baits (nightcrawlers, cut shad, etc.). Use enough weight in the heavy current. Expect the gates to be cut back or closed if the predicted heavy rains fall.

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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



- Near Flood Stage
281.4' - Minor Flooding

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