Sardis Lake - 4/21/2015
Water level 258.72 ft, rising 0.5 ft/day; 2.2 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662)563-4531 or check at http://188.8.131.52/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://184.108.40.206/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 river is out of its banks at Hwy 7 bridge and the lake is rising quickly, muddying up the upper end and putting a damper on fishing. Several catfish anglers in the river say there is too much current to fish effectively even though the fish should be biting with the fresh water coming in. Recent weather has made fishing challenging. Crappie have been scattered with the lake rising and fronts moving through. Most folks have either been slow trolling out from spawning areas or in the main lake. Expect a late wave of crappie to hit the banks when the water level stabilizes. Fish the backs of creeks or flats with cover 2 – 4 ft deep (boating or wading) with bright (black/chartreuse, orange/chartreuse, black/pink) jigs and/or minnows. The folks at Wyatt’s Crossing bait shop http://www.wyattscrossingoutdoors.com/ report best luck lately has been for crappie and catfish. Especially fish the river after a rain for cats with worms, stink baits, or cut bait. White bass are up the river (Hwy 7 area has been popular) and creeks; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits. There is no size or number limit on white bass. No reports on anything else. Largemouth bass are 1 – 4 ft deep where spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or other search lures fished over flooded cover on flats or backs of coves should draw strikes; look for clearer water.
The spillway had two gates open 2.0 ft each (1050 cfs) Tuesday. Best luck down here has been has been for small crappie on jigs and/or minnows, although a few bigger ones have been mixed in. 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.