Sardis Lake - 3/31/2015
Water level 255.16 ft, rising 0.1ft/day; 7.3 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662)563-4531 or check at http://220.127.116.11/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://18.104.22.168/offices/ed/edh/plots/sardplot.png for a graph. The lake should rise from 241 ft March 1 to summer pool (260 ft) May 1.
The lake is rising and murky; more rain predicted this week may raise it some more. Last weekend’s cold front put a damper on the crappie bite; fish didn’t move out, they just quit biting. Some males are still shallow, but bigger females are still out deeper, or at least out from the banks. Best luck has either been fishing up the river, the backs of creeks, or flats with cover 2 – 5 ft deep (boating or wading) and catching mostly males, or trolling out from spawning areas with jigs and/or minnows and getting some big females. The folks at Wyatt’s Crossing bait shop http://www.wyattscrossingoutdoors.com/ report best luck lately has been for crappie and catfish. White bass have started moving up the river and creeks; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits. There is no size or number limit on white bass.
The spillway had two gates open 3.0 ft each (1300 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck down here has been has been for small crappie on jigs and/or minnows. White bass and catfish have been coming from the faster water.
Contact the COE office (662)563-4531 for accessible ramps at current water levels.
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.