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Date 09-Aug-17
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Conditions : Sardis Lake: The water level is rising from recent heavy rains, muddying up the river and creeks. Small fish are in the flooded "grass", and bass and other predators are after them. Fall drawdown was supposed to start August 1, but will be delayed until the rule curve meets the actual water level.

MDWFP angler creel surveys this past week found crappie anglers fishing 8 - 15+ ft deep either slow-trolling jigs and/or minnows or pulling crankbaits in the main lake or jigging the timber from Holiday Lodge up to Hurricane Creek. Submerged brush tops are producing mostly Black Crappie. White Crappie are suspending over creek mouths, old river and slough channels, dropoffs, and other bottom features. Expect a lot of White Crappie just under 12 inches from a big 2014 year class. Fish bigger crankbaits, jigs, and minnows to discourage smaller crappie and/or replace treble hooks with single hooks and/or squeeze down the barbs to reduce injuries to released fish. White Bass are schooling off sandy main lake points feeding on shad where they can be taken on jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits; early mornings and late evenings have been best. Teckville (Holiday Lodge) and Wyatt's Crossing ramps have been good spots for an evening White Bass bite. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. For catfish, fish worms or stink baits in the creeks and river as long as there is any rain runoff. Fish noodles (jugs) or suspended trotlines 12 - 15 ft deep over deeper ledges where bigger blue cats are schooling. Folks drifting baits on the bottom are catching mostly smaller cats. Channel cats are more likely to bite worms, liver, or stinkbaits, while bigger, more abundant blues ("white humpbacks") prefer minnows, cut shad, or flavored chicken. Most catches of Largemouth Bass have been on creek, slough, or river channel edges fishing 3 - 8 ft deep on the edges of flooded grass with spinnerbaits, crankbaits, or a jig-n-pig very early and late in the day (or at night). Midday, fish any deeper cover (brush tops, etc.) on main lake points or other deep structure (drop-offs, flooded ramps, etc.).

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

Use the second ramp at Wyatt's Crossing now. The Hwy 7 ramp was recently cleaned off, but only through the first mud bar. The water should be deep enough to get in this week.

Reported by: MDWFP


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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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