Contact the COE office (662)563-4531 for accessible ramps at current water levels.
Water level 247.42 ft, stable; 5.9 ft above rule curve Tuesday. For water level information, call (662)563-4531 or check at http://220.127.116.11/riverstage/bullet.txt for a table or http://ftp.mvk.usace.army.mil/offices/ed/edh/graphs1.htm for a graph. The lake should rise from 241 ft March 1 to summer pool (260 ft) by May 1.
Don’t expect much of a warm-up this week. Best luck will be for crappie fishing 1.5 to 6 ft deep with jigs and/or minnows. Catfish should be biting natural baits in inflowing waters. Historically, crappie spawning runs from about the last week of March until the first week of May, peaking the second week in April. It varies year to year with temperatures, rainfall, water levels, etc.
The spillway had 2 gates open 7.0 ft each Tuesday (2500 cfs). Best luck down here will be for crappie on jigs and/or minnows or for catfish on natural baits. Action lately has been relatively slow due to cold water temperatures.
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.