Fishing & Boating


Boat ramps on COE reservoirs will remain open. See

Boat ramp access is improving as the water is receding; most ramps are usable and parking lots are drying out.

There is an old newspaper article that has been circulating on social media and the internet. There are no changes to crappie regulations on Sardis this year.

The road is repaved and open to Hurricane Landing. Although signs may say road work ahead, etc., the bridges on the road to Clear Creek have been replaced and repaved.

Fishing Report

Sardis Lake - 6/30/2020 4:31:34 PM
Species Detail
Largemouth Bass Largemouth Bass have been moving out with the water falling. Fish the edges of channels (river, creeks, etc.) and main lake points, ledges, etc. Fish topwaters at dawn and dusk or at night and deeper running lures (bladed jigs, crankbaits, soft plastics) during the day.
Crappie Bruce (901-870-0298) at Wyatt's Crossing Outdoors has gotten few reports due to windy weather. Crappie are scattered, but if you find the shad you will find the crappie. Two patterns are working. Single pole fish jigs and/or minnows 14 - 18 ft deep in 20+ ft of water near dropoffs (river channel, sloughs) in standing dead timber. Crankbait fishing has been picking up in the main lake about 12 - 18 ft deep over deeper water. Expect to catch a few catfish or White Bass and numerous short crappie. Fishing larger crankbaits will result in more keepers and fewer short fish. Please replace treble hooks with single hooks and/or pinch down the barbs to reduce damage and increase survival of short fish.
Bream Bream have been in similar places as bass. Fish any cover (stumps, brush tops, etc.) with crickets or worms under a bobber 4 - 8 ft deep.
Catfish Catfishing has started to pick up again. Best luck has been on lines or rod-and-reel with various natural baits in the main lake or fishing under a bobber over rip-rap (ramps, dam, Indian Mound, etc.). Head for the river and creeks with worms or stinkbaits if there is rainfall runoff. There have finally been some decent grabbling reports of Flathead (yellow) and Channel Catfish. Some of the flatheads have been over 50 lb.
White Bass Fish jigs or small crankbaits over sand-bottomed, main lake points. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Sardis, just White Bass which have no size or number limits.

Expect extra boats on the water this holiday weekend. Sardis is still the closest to rule curve of the Big Four. Fish are moving downlake as water levels are falling. Windy weather has made fishing more difficult. Fish in or near tributaries, ditches, and other travel routes. Water falling, fish deeper; water rising, fish shallower. 

Special Fishing Regulations


Species Type Length To Release
Crappie (combined black and white) Minimum Length Limit 12 inches and under

Creel Limits (per person, per day)

Type Amount Additional Information
Crappie (combined black and white) 15 There is a 40 crappie per boat limit for boats with 3 or more anglers.

Anglers may use no more than 4 poles per person and no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole. 


The spillway had two gates open 9.0 ft each (4470 cfs) Tuesday AM. Best luck in the spillway and Lower Lake is when some water is being released, but not too much. Best luck recently has been for catfish on cut shad or other natural baits. Crappie fishing has dropped off; a few are being caught trolling in the Lower Lake. White Bass will be in any current where you can drift a 2 jig rig just off bottom (watch the rocks!) or fish small crankbaits or tailspinner lures. For largemouths, cover in the old river run is the best bet, or fish right on the rocks in the spillway with crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Expect some Spotted (Kentucky) Bass mixed in where there is current. Bream may be caught in eddies or near the rocks fishing worms or crickets under a bobber.

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 12-inch crappie length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway, including Sardis Lower Lake, has a 15 crappie creel limit.

Water Level

Water level 264.56, falling 0.2 ft/day, 4.6 ft over rule curve Tuesday. Expect rapid water level rises and drawdowns as rain events happen and the Corps tries to maintain rule curve. The water should be at summer pool (260 ft) 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 (click on 24 hour change for picture explanation of gate flow, spillway flow, etc.). Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

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

Additional Information

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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