Sardis Lake fishing report

By MDWF

Water level 25860.37, falling 0.1 ft/day, murky to muddy. For water level information, call (662)563-4531 or check http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/riverstage/bullet.txt White bass should be moving upriver when we get a warming trend. Long’s Sporting Goods and Quick Stop (662)487-2187 reports best luck for crappie would likely be trolling 12 to 20 ft deep in the area from Clear Creek to the dam. Radio telemetry has shown at least some crappie have moved uplake about 7 ft deep, but most are suspended over deep water 12 to 20 ft deep. Bass should be biting slow moving lures 4 6 ft deep in cover nearer to deep water with the lake dropping. The lake was 20.0 ft over rule curve Tuesday. See http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/offices/ed/edh/plots/sardplot.jpg. Water temperatures are in the mid 40s. Temperatures are predicted to be nearer to normal by the weekend.

The spillway was releasing 5500 cfs Tuesday. There have been very few crappie flushed out of the reservoir this winter, making for slow fishing in the spillway. Best luck recently has been for a few crappie and catfish. White bass should be moving into the spillway soon.

Wyatt’s Crossing ramp will be closed for renovations to the ramps and parking lot.

Bass limits are proposed to change April 16. The slot limit on bass will be dropped, the daily limit will remain 7 fish. MDWFP’s fall, 2009, electrofishing found abundant bass, particularly those less than 15 inches.

On Sardis Lake the daily creel limit for crappie is 20 per person. The minimum length limit for crappie is 12 inches. Anglers fishing Sardis Lake may use no more than 5 poles per person. The 12 inch length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway, including Sardis Lower Lake, has a 20 crappie creel limit.