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Sardis Lake - 4/22/2014

Water level 252.76 ft, rising about 0.05 ft/day; 3.6 ft below rule curve Tuesday.   For water level information, call (662)563-4531 or check at for a table or http://ftp.mvk.usace.army.mil/offices/ed/edh/graphs1.htm for a graph.  The lake should rise from 241 ft March 1 to summer pool (260 ft) by May 1.


Less rainfall means less water, but it's clearer.  Best luck this past weekend was for spawning crappie fishing bright colored jigs and/or minnows in shallow cover 1 - 3 ft deep in the upper end of the lake, although the backs of creeks and coves in other parts of the lake were also good.  Some folks were catching fish trolling out from spawning areas.  Few reports on catfish lately, other than in the river on natural baits.  Some white bass can still be caught in the river and major creeks.  Cast jigs or small crankbaits over a sand bottom out of the main current (pockets, back side of sand bars, etc.).  Few reports on largemouth bass; try spinnerbaits around cover in the backs of pockets and coves.  It’s a good time to be bowfishing for carp and gar in the shallows, especially early in the mornings.


Historically, crappie spawning runs from about the last week of March until the first week of May, peaking the second week in April.  It varies year to year with temperatures, rainfall, water levels, etc.  If the water’s rising, crappie will spawn shallow (1 – 2 ft); if it’s falling, they’ll spawn deeper (3 to 5 ft).  Note water level trends before you set your bobber.


The spillway had one gate open 0.5 ft (100 cfs) Tuesday.  Best luck down here will be for crappie on jigs and/or minnows or for catfish on natural baits.  There have been few successful reports lately with only a little water coming through.


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.

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