Fishing & Boating

Fishing Report

Sardis Lake - 6/11/2019 3:55:22 PM

Water level 276.07, stable, 16.1 ft over rule curve Tuesday.  Water levels are supposed to be at 260 ft (summer pool) from May 1 until August 1. Emergency spillway level is 281.4. For water level information, call (662)563-4531 or check at for a table or for a graph or for both. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

The water level was stable Tuesday but should start falling slowly later this week. Key in on travel routes (channels, ditches, etc.) to deeper water and the outside of cover as it falls. Angler access is very limited due to flooding. The Hwy 7 ramp road is dry.

Bruce at Wyatt's Crossing Outdoors (901)870-0298 says most reports of folks catching suspended crappie have been 12 - 16 ft deep. Fish are usually shallower early and move deeper later in the day. Most anglers have been switching from slow-trolling jigs and/or minnows to pulling crankbaits, especially near the dam end. The Piney Point area has been popular with both jig and troll anglers. Some anglers are reporting a higher percentage of keepers fishing deeper, faster, farther up the lake, and/or using crankbaits. White Bass are moving from the river and creeks to the main lake. Fish jigs or small crankbaits over sandbars in the channels and over sandy points early and late in the day. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Sardis, just White Bass that have no size or number limit. For Largemouth Bass, look for clear water and fish weedless lures (spinnerbait, buzzbait, etc.) 4 - 8 ft deep near cover early and late. Have a weedless soft plastic rigged on another rod in case you miss a strike. Fish deeper midday. For catfish, fish cut skipjack, shad, or other natural baits with your gear of choice (rod-and-reel, trotlines, etc.). Catfishing has picked back up recently with some fish done spawning and new water flowing in. Few reports on grabbling so far; it will be challenging under flooded conditions. Fish for spawning Channel Catfish with worms under a bobber over any rip-rap rocks. Flooding allows bream to fatten up and grow quickly; fish for spawners over a firm bottom (flooded roads, parking lots, 4-wheeler trails, etc) using worms or crickets 1.5 - 4 ft deep under a bobber. There is a full moon this coming Monday.

The spillway had two gates open 4.0 ft each (2500 cfs) Tuesday. For crappie, fish jigs and/or minnows out of the current (eddies) or right along the rocks. Folks have also been catching a few crappie spider rigging in the Lower Lake. For catfish, fish natural baits near the bottom. Fish for White Bass with jigs or small crankbaits (watch the rocks!) in the current. For largemouths, cover in the old river run is the best bet, or fish right on the rocks in the spillway with crankbaits or a jig-n-pig.

Sardis COE personnel have closed the Hurricane Creek ramp road to have the road repaved, including out to the Indian Mound ramp (not that section until next winter). Contact the COE office to see when it is expected to reopen. The county has been repairing bridges on the road to Clear Creek Landing (Hwy 314 or Old Sardis Rd) and sporadically closing the road. The ramp is open and you can bypass the bridge work if you know the back roads from Hwy 6 to Hwy 314.

All fish captured and kept with dip or landing nets, cast nets, boat mounted scoops, wire baskets, minnow seines, and minnow traps in the spillway areas bordered by rip rap must be immediately placed on ice or in a dry container. Game fish caught with these gears must be released. This regulation was enacted to reduce the potential of transferring harmful Asian carps to the reservoir or other waters.

The daily creel limit for crappie is 15 per person. Crappie must be over 12 inches. Anglers may use no more than 4 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 12-inch length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway, including Sardis Lower Lake, has a 15 crappie creel limit.

Limits on Black Bass (Largemouth and Spotted Bass) are statewide limits: no size limit, 10 fish per person daily.

Contact the COE office (662) 563-4531 for accessible ramps at current water levels.

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Biologists use various sampling methods to assess the fish populations in the State’s waters.   Sampling results for selected water bodies are summarized in Reel Facts Sheets.

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