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Sardis Lake - 7/29/2014

Water level 260.73, falling 0.1 ft/day; 0.7 ft above 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.  Fall drawdown starts August 1 with a target of 236 ft by December 1.


Best luck here for crappie has been trolling jigs and/or minnows or crankbaits 10 – 16 ft deep in the main lake mostly in the section from Toby Tubby to Clear Creek; crankbaits are doing a little better.   Expect a few catfish or white bass on either.  Crappie schools are following shad schools, meaning they’re scattered; some folks are doing well, others are catching just a few.  For catfish, fish the flats by drifting natural baits with rod-and-reel, or fishing them with trotlines or noodles (jugs).  White bass are schooling on little shad; fish over sandy, main lake points with small shad-colored crankbaits or jigs.  For largemouth bass, fish spinnerbaits or topwaters on channel edges 4 – 6 ft deep in the backs of creeks early and late in the day or Carolina rig soft plastics 8 – 12 ft deep on offshore structure or points midday.


The spillway had two gates open 1.0 ft each (550 cfs) Tuesday.  The gates were opened up some more last week, but the fishing hasn’t responded with better catches yet.  Most fishing has been for catfish with natural baits.  Some white bass can be taken in the fast water at the wing walls on jigs or crankbaits and bream will bite worms or crickets over the rip-rap rocks.  Jug (noodle) fishing has also been producing some cats in the Lower Lake.


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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