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Sardis Lake - 7/22/2014

Water level 260.91, rising 0.05 ft/day; 0.9 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.  The lake finally made it to summer pool (260 ft); enjoy it, because fall drawdown starts August 1.


Best luck here for crappie has been trolling jigs and/or minnows or crankbaits 12 – 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.  Catfish have been biting worms or stinkbaits in the river and creeks with recent rainfall runoff.  As the runoff slows, expect cats to move back on the flats where drifting natural baits with rod-and-reel, or fishing them with trotlines or noodles (jugs) will work.  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 one gate open 0.5 ft (100 cfs) Tuesday.  Fishing has been slow down here lately; expect better fishing if more water is released.  Best luck has been for white bass along the wing walls or bream on the rip-rap rocks.  Fish for catfish with natural baits.  Jug (noodle) fishing and grabbling have also been producing 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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