Located on the Little Tallahatchie River, Sardis Lake is a 98,520-acre (398.7 km2) water resource development project occupying parts of three North Mississippi counties. The dam site is nine miles (14 km) southeast of the town of Sardis, and is only an hour drive from Memphis, Tennessee.
The lake is a little more than 2 feet above rule curve and falling slowly. The folks at Wyatt’s Crossing Outdoors (662-609-8215) say trotline anglers and hand grabblers are catching lots of catfish on the upper end. Trollers are catching decent numbers of crappie using minnow-tipped jigs in the mouths of the major creeks. Bass are biting Texas-rigged plastics around structure in 4-12 feet. A few big bluegill are being caught around flooded shoreline structure with crickets and wax worms.
The lake was 4.4 feet above rule curve Tuesday. Trollers are still catching a few crappie around brush piles in 12-15 feet of water, but the fishing has been tough on most days. Last week’s St. Jude Bass Classic was won with 14.03 pounds. Big fish were hard to come by, but lots of keeping-size bass were caught on Texas-rigged plastics around structure in 4-10 feet of water.
from Wyatt’s Crossing
The lake was 2.1 feet above rule curve Wednesday. Anglers are catching crappie on the upper end of the lake by jigging water that is 6-12 ft deep. Most of the fish are biting a foot or two off the bottom. The top jig colors have been pink/chartreuse and red/white. Catfishing has been good with lots of blue cats in the 20- to 30-pound range biting cut skipjack around deep ledges and lots of channel cats biting night crawlers around ripraps bank. Bass are biting spinnerbaits and soft-plastic jerk baits around flooded grass.
Water level 261.57 ft, rising 0.3 ft/day; 1.6 ft above rule curve Wednesday. The folks at Wyatt’s Crossing Outdoors (662)609-8215 report crappie limits are possible in the upper end fishing 5 – 8 ft deep in any clear water you can find. MDWFP creel surveys have shown folks catching crappie trolling similar depths in the flats out from the woods from Blackwater Creek to Holiday Lodge. Some males are still shallow in the creeks as water temperatures were still in the low 60’s this week after the cool weather and rain. Catfishing has been good on cut bait fished on trotlines or noodles in 4 – 6 ft of water over flooded grass flats. Some folks have been putting out grabbling boxes, but don’t expect much spawning action until the water warms to 75 – 80 degrees. Ditto for bream. Bass reports are fair with some being picked up in the shallows; fish weedless lures like spinnerbaits or buzzbaits to cover a lot of water. Fish are scattered in thousands of acres of flooded grass. The spillway had 1 gate open 0.5 ft (100 cfs) Wednesday. Usually, fishing in the spillway is slow with little water coming through, but some folks are still reporting good crappie catches fishing bright jigs and/or minnows under a bobber.
The lake was 1.6 feet above rule curve Tuesday. The folks at Wyatt’s Crossing Outdoors (662-609-8215) say crappie anglers are catching lots of spawning fish using minnows and jigs around shallow cover. Recent electrofishing studies conducted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks showed plenty of big female crappie that haven’t spawned yet. So as soon as the springtime weather returns, the crappie fishing should be excellent in 2-3 feet of water.
The lake was 2.6 feet above rule curve Tuesday. The folks at Wyatt’s Crossing Outdoors (662-609-8215) say catfish have been biting night crawlers and cut shad wherever fresh water is flowing in. White bass have also been biting small crankbaits, Rooster Tails and Marabou jigs.
The lake is 3.0 feet above rule curve and muddy. This is the time of year that everyone looks forward to on Sardis. The big female white crappie are spawning in shallow water, and jig-pole anglers are catching some enormous fish on pink jigs and pink/chartreuse tube baits.
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