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://126.96.36.199/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://188.8.131.52/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 ; 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
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.