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Date 14-Jun-17
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Conditions : Sardis Lake: Water level 255.88 ft, stable, 4.1 ft below rule curve Tuesday. The Corps is supposed to maintain summer pool (260 ft) from May 1 to August 1.

The water level has stabilized and the water has cleared up in the tributaries. The rise combined with last week's full moon has a lot of newly hatched bream and minnows swimming in recently flooded smartweed and other vegetation. Bass and other predators are after the small fish, and catfish and other bottom feeders are feeding in the newly flooded areas in the upper end of the reservoir and backs of creeks. Crappie have still not set up in summer patterns yet.

MDWFP angler creel surveys this past week found crappie anglers fishing 8 - 20+ ft deep either slow-trolling jigs and/or minnows in the main lake or jigging the timber from Holiday Lodge up to Hurricane Creek. Some folks are pulling crankbaits and returning a lot of short fish. Fish bigger lures to discourage smaller crappie and/or replace treble hooks with single hooks or squeeze down the barbs to reduce injuries to released fish. Most White Bass have been incidental catches by crappie anglers; they are schooling off sandy main lake points to feed on shad where they can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Catfishing has fallen off recently as bigger fish are spawning; you can still catch smaller ones. Channels are more likely to bite worms or stinkbaits, while bigger blues prefer minnows, cut shad, or flavored chicken. Channels are using the holes in the rip-rap rocks to spawn; worms under a bobber have been working in these areas. There have been some good reports on hand grabbling with most fish landed being blue cats ("white humpbacks") averaging nearly 20 lb, but more flatheads have been showing up as the water warms. Most catches of Largemouth Bass have been on creek, slough, or river channel edges fishing 4 - 6 ft deep in flooded grass with spinnerbaits, topwaters (including buzzbaits), and soft plastics. Some bass have been on deeper cover (brush tops, etc.) on secondary and main lake points. Bass fish shallower early and late in the day and deeper mid-day. A few folks have been catching bedding bream fishing crickets or worms under a bobber in the shallows over a firm bottom (sand, gravel, sandstone).

Use the second ram at Wyatt's Crossing now. The Hwy 7 ramp was recently cleaned off, but only through the first mud bar; the river has to be up enough to get a boat out from the ramp.

The spillway had one gate open 0.5 ft (100 cfs) Monday to maintain a minimum flow in the river below. About the best reports here have been for catfish on natural baits in the plunge pool. 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.

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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



- Near Flood Stage
281.4' - Minor Flooding

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