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Sardis Lake - 6/30/2015

Water level 263.27 ft, falling 0.1 ft/day; 3.3 ft above rule curve Tuesday.   For water level information, call (662)563-4531 or check at http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/plots/sardplot.png for a graph.  The lake is supposed to be maintained at summer pool (260 ft) from May 1 – August 1.

Several crappie patterns have been working including jigging the timber or spider rigging 8 – 14 ft deep out from the timber in the upper end of the lake (Holiday Lodge to Blackwater Creek).  Crankbaits have been producing away from the timber or farther down the main lake toward the dam.  A lot of short fish are being reported; use bigger baits and fish deeper to discourage smaller fish.  Catfishing has been good for channel cats over rip-rap rocks; fish worms or other baits under a bobber.  Lines and noodles (jugs) are also producing.  Both blues (white river cats) and flatheads (yellow cats) have been grabbled recently (if you can get to your boxes).  White bass are in the main lake feeding on shad; fish jigs, tailspinner lures, or small crankbaits over sandy points.  The Indian Mound and the hump out from Greasy Creek have been white bass hot spots with many fish 2 – 3 lb; there is no size or number limit on white bass.  For largemouth bass, fish spinnerbaits or topwaters in shallower water over flooded cover early and late in the day and crankbaits or soft plastics in deeper water on channel edges or main lake points midday; look for clearer water.  Expect extra boats on the lake for the July 4th holiday weekend.

As the water falls, folks report balls of “fish eggs” or “jellyfish” clinging to sticks, trees, and about everything else.  These are actually colonial animals (like coral) that filter plankton out of the water.  Nibbling by fish results in a rounded colony.  Web search “freshwater bryozoans” for more on these interesting, ancient animals.

The spillway had two gates open 5.0 ft each (2500 cfs) Tuesday.  Best luck down here has been has been for small blue catfish on nightcrawlers (or jigs fished for crappie).  Both blue and flathead catfish have been hitting dead shad or cut bait fished near the bottom; live bait will work better on the flatheads.  Some largemouth and spotted bass can be taken fishing spinnerbaits or crankbaits near the rocks.

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.



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