Sardis Lake - 5/26/2015
Water level 262.69 ft, rising 0.4 ft/day; 2.7 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662)563-4531 or check at http://18.104.22.168/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://22.214.171.124/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.
The lake is rising from recent heavy rains, with the river and creeks muddy. Best luck in this situation should be for catfish in inflowing water with various natural baits. Expect better fishing for crappie, bass, and other fish as the lake stabilizes and starts to clear up.
Most folks crappie fishing have been either jigging the timber or slow trolling 4 – 6 ft deep out from the timber in the upper end of the lake (Holiday Lodge to Blackwater Creek). Use minnows alone or with a jig and expect a light bite. Crankbaits have been producing for some folks. 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. Most grabbling reports have been for blue catfish (white humpbacks) with several fish over 40 lbs caught recently. Only a handful of flatheads (yellow cats) have been grabbled so far, but they normally spawn later. White bass are mostly back in the main lake; 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. Folks fishing the St. Jude bass tournament this past weekend found fish widely scattered in freshly flooded areas in shallow water; they also fought a strong southeast wind and rain showers. Winning weight was 14.11 lb (5 fish); big fish was 6.10 lb. Largemouth bass are 2 – 6 ft deep where spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or other search lures fished over flooded cover on flats or secondary points in coves should draw strikes; look for clearer water.
The spillway had two gates open 1.0 ft each (550 cfs) Tuesday. Expect the gates to be opened up later in the week if there is no more rain. Best luck down here has been has been for small blue catfish on nightcrawlers (or jigs fished for crappie). Few crappie are being caught.
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.