Sardis Lake - 8/19/2014
Water level 258.95, rising 0.05 ft/day; 1.7 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662)563-4531 or check at http://220.127.116.11/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://ftp.mvk.usace.army.mil/offices/ed/edh/graphs1.htm for a graph. Fall drawdown started August 1 with a target of 236 ft by December 1.
Area rains have the lake rising a little; expect it to crest and start falling again this week. Crappie have been scattered; best luck has been trolling jigs and/or minnows or crankbaits 10 – 16 ft deep in the main lake from the dam to Holiday Lodge; crankbaits are doing a little better. Expect a few catfish or white bass on either. For catfish, fish the river and creeks as long as rainfall runoff lasts, then fish the flats by drifting natural baits with rod-and-reel, or fishing them with trotlines or noodles (jugs). White bass are schooling on little shad; fish over sandy, main lake points with small shad-colored crankbaits or jigs. As the lake resumes falling, it will pull fish, including largemouth bass, out of the backs of creeks into the deeper channels. Fish spinnerbaits or topwaters on channel edges 4 – 6 ft deep early and late in the day or Carolina rig soft plastics 10 – 15 ft deep on offshore structure or points .
The spillway had two gates opened back up to 3.0 ft each (1500 cfs) Tuesday. Most fishing down here has been for catfish with natural baits. If you fish minnows shallow, you’ll feed gar. Some white bass can be taken in the fast water at the wing walls on jigs or crankbaits and bream will bite worms or crickets over the rip-rap rocks. Jug (noodle) fishing has also been producing some cats in the .
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.