Contact the COE office (662)563-4531 for accessible ramps at current water levels.
Water level 245.3 ft, rising 1.5 ft/day; 5.0 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 winter pool (236 ft) on January 15 to 241 ft by March 1.
The lake is rising fast, cold, and muddy. More cold weather is predicted this week with warmer temperatures this weekend. Fishing success this week would be slow at best. Best luck would likely be late in the week. There have been few reports lately on anything but blue catfish (white river cats) that have been biting natural baits on lines. Best luck for crappie would likely be fishing deep, slow-trolling in the main lake or jigging over submerged brush with jigs and/or minnows.
The spillway was releasing 650 cfs Tuesday. Expect the gates to open up some more if there is no more rain. Best luck down here will be for crappie on jigs and/or minnows or for catfish on natural baits. Action lately has been very slow due to cold weather with only a few reports of small crappie.
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.