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Date 16-Jun-16
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Conditions : Sardis Lake: Water level 262.37 ft, falling 0.1 ft/day, 2.4 ft over rule curve Tuesday. The lake is supposed to be maintained at 260 ft (summer pool) from May 1 until August 1. For water level information, call (662) 563-4531

Falling water levels are pulling fish out of flooded shoreline vegetation, but they are following deeper water (river, slough and creek channels).

Best luck for crappie has been fishing jigs and/or minnows 10 - 15 ft deep in standing, dead timber. Folks pulling crankbaits are finally starting to find a few fish. 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 should bite on worms in the river and creeks after any rain runoff; otherwise, try trotlines in the channels. Grabbling success has improved lately with warmer temperatures. Channel Catfish should be biting worms fished under a bobber over rip-rap rocks on the dam and boat ramps. For Largemouth Bass fish secondary or main lake points 12 to 18 ft deep with soft plastics (it helps if you find brush tops or bring your own). You can still find some shallow bass fishing in the shade under green bushes with soft plastics or shallow cranks. Fish for White Bass with jigs or small crankbaits over sandy, main lake points. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Bream should be spawning over a firm bottom (flooded roadbeds, parking lots, or 4-wheeler trails; gravel is best) 3 to 5 ft deep; use your nose to find them, then fish worms or crickets.

The spillway had two gates open 3.0 ft each (1600 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck has been for Blue Catfish (white humpbacks) fishing natural baits near the bottom. Some smaller crappie can be taken fishing jigs and/or minnows under a bobber fairly close to the rocks. White Bass can be taken on jigs or small crankbaits in the faster water.

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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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