Fishing & Boating


Sardis COE personnel have closed the Hurricane Creek ramp road to have the road repaved, including out to the Indian Mound ramp (not that section until this winter). Construction has started. Contact the COE office (662) 563-4531 for more information. The county has been repairing bridges on the road to Clear Creek Landing (Hwy 314 or Old Sardis Rd) and sporadically closing the road. The ramp is open and you can bypass the bridge work if you know the back roads from Hwy 6 to Hwy 314.

Fishing Report

Sardis Lake - 11/12/2019 2:41:04 PM
Species Detail
Bass Largemouth Bass will be 4 - 12 ft deep in the river and creek channels where the water is just pulling into the banks, off secondary points in major coves, or off main lake points. Target cover (stumps, brush tops, etc.). Fish topwaters, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, or crankbaits, but keep a Carolina rig, Texas rig, or drop shot soft plastic handy to cast for missed strikes. Fish shallower early and late in the day and deeper midday. A lot of small bass have been reported lately, which is normal with high water the last two springs.
Crappie Bruce at Wyatt's Crossing Outdoors (901) 870-0298 will reopen next March. In the upper end, find any holes (river channel, sloughs) 8 - 12 ft deep and fish 1 - 2 ft off the bottom with jigs and/or minnows. Downlake, slow trolling jigs and/or minnows or single poling are working (straight minnows have been best lately) fishing for suspended crappie 6 - 16 ft deep in standing timber, mouths of major creek coves, and main lake points. Although some good fish are being caught, a lot of short fish are being released. Replace treble hooks with single hooks and/or pinch down the barbs to make releasing short fish faster and less damaging; it does no good to release dead crappie. Crappie are usually shallower early and move deeper later in the day. Crappie anglers may pick up some catfish or White Bass.
Bream Fish for bream with worms or crickets 3 - 6 ft deep under a bobber around any cover on creek and river channel edges, sunken brush tops/stake beds, or rocks/rip-rap.
Catfish As long as there is rainfall runoff, fish for catfish in the river and creeks with worms or stink baits. Catfish are heading down the lake with the water falling, too. Otherwise, fish various natural baits with your gear of choice (rod-and-reel, trotlines, noodles, etc.) over main lake flats or in channels where the water is just pulling into the banks.
White Bass White Bass are in the main lake feeding on small shad. Fish jigs or small crankbaits over sandy, main lake points early and late in the day. White Bass are starting to school at the dam and Engineer's Point. There are no Striped or Hybrid Striped Bass in Sardis, just White Bass that have no size or number limit.

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 12.0 ft each, two gates open 4.0 ft each (5000 cfs) Tuesday PM. Spillway fishing has been slow with most folks after catfish. Fish natural baits near the bottom; a slip cork or bobber will result in fewer hang-ups in the rocks. Jugs will work in the Lower Lake. For crappie, fish jigs and/or minnows out of the current (eddies) or right along the rocks. Few reports now on crappie. Fish for White Bass with jigs or small crankbaits (watch the rocks!) in the current right where the water is coming out. For Largemouth and Spotted Bass, cover in the old river run is the best bet, or fish right on the rocks in the spillway with crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Some bream are being caught off the rocks fishing crickets or worms 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 249.37, falling 0.3 ft/day, 8.8 ft over rule curve Tuesday.  Water levels are supposed to fall from 260 ft (summer pool) starting July 29 to 236 ft (winter pool) on December 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. Be sure to check the date on the table as it is not always updated daily.

Fall drawdown is underway. Fewer folks have been fishing since the cold front, but expect it to improve with warmer weather. With the water falling, shallow fish (including bait fish) will be following the river, creeks, and ditches towards deeper water.

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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