Contact the COE office (662)563-4531 for accessible ramps at current water levels.
Water level 248.37 ft, rising 0.3 ft/day; 6.8 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://18.104.22.168/offices/ed/edh/plots/sardplot.png for a graph. The lake should rise from 241 ft March 1 to summer pool (260 ft) May 1.
The lake is rising, cold, and muddy. Another big cold front with freezing precipitation is predicted this week. Fishing success this week would be slow at best. Best luck would likely be this weekend. There have been few reports lately on anything but blue catfish (white river cats) that have been biting natural baits on lines. Best luck for crappie would likely be fishing deep, slow-trolling in the main lake or jigging over submerged brush with jigs and/or minnows.
The spillway had two gates open 1.5 ft each Tuesday. Expect the gates to open up some more if there is little additional rain. Best luck down here will be for crappie on jigs and/or minnows or for catfish on natural baits. Action lately has been very slow due to cold weather with only a few reports of small crappie.
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.