Water level 254.41, falling 0.2 ft/day; 1.1 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662)563-4531 or check at http://126.96.36.199/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://ftp.mvk.usace.army.mil/offices/ed/edh/graphs1.htm for a graph. Fall drawdown started August 1 with a target of 236 ft by December 1.
Best luck for crappie has been trolling jigs and/or minnows or crankbaits 10 – 16 ft deep in the main lake from the dam to Holiday Lodge. Expect a few catfish or white bass on either. For catfish, fish the river and creeks if there is any rainfall runoff, or fish the flats by drifting natural baits with rod-and-reel, or fishing them with trotlines or noodles (jugs). There have been some good reports on blue catfish (white humpbacks) in the river channel above Hurricane Creek on koolaid-flavored chicken. White bass are schooling on little shad; fish over sandy, main lake points with small shad-colored crankbaits or jigs. As the lake falls, it will pull fish, including largemouth bass, out of the backs of creeks into the deeper channels. Fish spinnerbaits or topwaters on channel edges 4 – 6 ft deep early and late in the day or Carolina rig soft plastics 10 – 15 ft deep on offshore structure or points .
As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else. Those blobs are actually colonial animals called bryozoans that filter plankton out of the water. Nibbling by fish causes the colony to minimize its surface area to a round shape. Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.
The spillway had two gates open 6.0 ft each (2500 cfs) Tuesday. Most fishing down here has been for catfish with natural baits. Largemouth bass have started biting jigs fished above a heavy weight in the fast water at the wing walls; you might catch some spotted (Kentucky) or white bass also. Jug (noodle) fishing has also been producing some cats in the Lower Lake.
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.