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#11540201 - 04/13/16 01:56 PM Sardis Lake?
fishnfanatic84 Offline
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Registered: 02/15/14
Posts: 43
Fishing there this weekend and cant find much on how the bass fishing is right now, the reports aren't to great. Anybody got anything on it by chance? Been told use to be a really good lake, any help at all is much appreciated!

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#11540210 - 04/13/16 02:00 PM Re: Sardis Lake? [Re: fishnfanatic84]
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On a hunch .......

Sardis Lake

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 4:19 PM
Water level 262.77 ft, rising 0.6 ft/day, 9.9 ft over rule curve Tuesday. It is supposed to rise from 241 ft March 1 to 260 ft (summer pool) May 1. For water level information, call (662) 563-4531 or check at http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/docs/bullet.txt for a table or http://155.76.244.230/offices/ed/edh/plots/sardplot.png for a graph.

Fishing was difficult to dangerous this past week with high winds. The newest rise will likely turn off about everthing but catfish until the lake starts to stabilize and clear, but there is more rain forecast later this week, although it is supposed to be warmer. Despite the winds Saturday, a club crappie tournament was won with 12.80 lb (7 fish); big fish was 2.89. Best luck was fishing 6 - 7 ft deep.

Heavy rain yesterday (Monday) should raise the lake some more. Expect the rise to turn off about everything but catfish. Best luck for crappie should be in the upper end from Hurricane and Blackwater Creeks to above Redman's Bluff and in the backs of the major creeks fishing jigs and/or minnows 2 - 4 ft deep in spawning areas or slow trolling deeper out from spawning areas. The spawn usually progresses from the upper end down toward the dam. Expect a good catfish bite on worms in the river and creeks after the rain and in the shallows as they feed in newly flooded areas. Trotlines should work best in the shallows. For Largemouth Bass, look for clearer water in the backs of creeks and coves and try topwaters, buzzbaits, or spinnerbaits in flooded cover, especially grass and brush covered flats near creek channels. White Bass are in the creeks and river on their spawning run; fish jigs or small crankbaits over a sandy bottom. There are no size or number limits on White Bass. Carp and gar are moving in the shallows if you want to try some bowfishing.

The spillway had all gates closed Tuesday. Best luck down here has been trolling for crappie in the Lower Lake with jigs and/or minnows. White Bass can be taken on jigs where there is a little water coming out at the base of the "steps".

Crappie spawning in Sardis is normally from the end of March through the end of April, but it may vary a week or more depending on weather, moon phase, etc. Crappie spawned nearly a month later than normal the last couple of springs because a cold winter made main lake temperatures where crappie overwinter very cold. Main lake temperatures are warmer this winter and a more normal spawning time is expected unless we get an unusually cool spring. Not all crappie spawn at the same time; larger females usually spawn first and get the best spots. Black Crappie usually spawn earlier than White Crappie (males of both species get dark during the spawn; do not use color to tell the species apart). For crappie identification, see http://www.mdwfp.com/media/296824/fish_id_guide.pdf

MDWFP has completed fall, 2015, electrofishing. Higher water levels the last few years have allowed the bream population to prosper with abundant hand-sized bluegill. There were good numbers of crappie from the last 3 years (2013 white crappie averaged about 12 inches) plus some larger fish to nearly 3 lb. There were also a lot of blue catfish (white river cats). Largemouth bass were also abundant with a lot of chunky fish from 2 - 4 lbs. White bass were less numerous than in recent years, likely from the kill in September. Shad numbers were good.

Starting July 22, 2015, the daily creel limit for crappie is 15 per person. Crappie must be over 12 inches. Anglers may use no more than 4 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 12 inch length limit does not apply to the reservoir spillway, but the spillway, including Sardis Lower Lake, has a 15 crappie creel limit.

Starting July 22, 2015, limits on black bass (largemouth and spotted) go to statewide limits: no size limit, 10 fish per person daily.

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

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#11540221 - 04/13/16 02:05 PM Re: Sardis Lake? [Re: fishnfanatic84]
fishnfanatic84 Offline
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Registered: 02/15/14
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Thanks for the info, but I didn't plan to crappie fish at all. I found lots of info on crappie, couldn't find anything on the bass fishing. Thanks again for the input.

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#11540228 - 04/13/16 02:09 PM Re: Sardis Lake? [Re: fishnfanatic84]
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it mentions bass.

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#11540242 - 04/13/16 02:12 PM Re: Sardis Lake? [Re: fishnfanatic84]
fishnfanatic84 Offline
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Sorry I over looked it, thanks.

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#11540463 - 04/13/16 03:44 PM Re: Sardis Lake? [Re: fishnfanatic84]
bigbassbarry Offline
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Registered: 03/04/14
Posts: 107
Loc: Muskogee, ok
find Grass and you will find bass. if its windy I catch them on spinnerbait or swim jig.

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#11540497 - 04/13/16 04:02 PM Re: Sardis Lake? [Re: fishnfanatic84]
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Go to jack fork creek. Fished the edges and you'll catch 'em.
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#11540838 - 04/13/16 07:21 PM Re: Sardis Lake? [Re: fishnfanatic84]
TOMCAT21 Offline
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Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 617
Loc: Keller, TX
The report above is for Sardis Lake in MS. Are you fishing the other Sardis in OK? Word on Sardis Lake, MS from my friend that lives there is that the largemouth population is practically nonexistent due to the influx of White Bass and severe winter drawdowns since the integrity of the dam became a major concern.

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#11540844 - 04/13/16 07:25 PM Re: Sardis Lake? [Re: fishnfanatic84]
fishnfanatic84 Offline
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Yes sardis lake in oklahoma, and thanks for all the info guys!

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#11540850 - 04/13/16 07:27 PM Re: Sardis Lake? [Re: fishnfanatic84]
wkh2006 Offline
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Registered: 04/22/10
Posts: 217
Loc: Atoka, OK
It took 31 pounds to win local jackpot Saturday. Whats that tell ya about the bass fishing.

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#11540872 - 04/13/16 07:41 PM Re: Sardis Lake? [Re: fishnfanatic84]
fishnfanatic84 Offline
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Registered: 02/15/14
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Pretty darn good!! Would be nice to catch a stringer like that this weekend. Only done that once in my time just fun fishing tho.

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#11540900 - 04/13/16 07:48 PM Re: Sardis Lake? [Re: fishnfanatic84]
fishnfanatic84 Offline
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Is the water stained up in the creeks or muddy, could only imagine them being muddy with all the rain.

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#11540939 - 04/13/16 07:59 PM Re: Sardis Lake? [Re: fishnfanatic84]
wkh2006 Offline
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Registered: 04/22/10
Posts: 217
Loc: Atoka, OK
Wouldn't worry about the water in the creeks if you knw what i mean.

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#11540975 - 04/13/16 08:13 PM Re: Sardis Lake? [Re: fishnfanatic84]
fishnfanatic84 Offline
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Yes sir. I appreciate the tips. Trying to look at Google maps for that jack fork creek, I see anderson, but can't tell what the other 2 are named on the far west end of the lake.

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#11541264 - 04/13/16 09:42 PM Re: Sardis Lake? [Re: fishnfanatic84]
wkh2006 Offline
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Registered: 04/22/10
Posts: 217
Loc: Atoka, OK
Jack fork west end. Anderson north central. Buffalo northeast end.

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