Ron Wong (lroutdoors.com) told us, "Sardis Lake is well above normal summer pool because of the record amounts of rain. Most of the lake is stained to muddy in some areas. Crappie fishing will be excellent over the next several weeks in shallow water due to all the flooded brush and vegetation. For those that like to use a single pole, the time is right to vertical jig 1- to 3-feet deep in heavy bushes with a 1/16th or 1/8th ounce Pro-Built jig rigged with a Bobby Garland black/hot pink Slab Slay'R tipped with a small minnow. Good areas will be lower Graham Lake, Blackwater and Hurricane creek. For those that want to spider rig for crappie, flats off the major creeks like Hurricane and Clear will be good using a Capps & Coleman double minnow rig 2- to 5-feet deep. Some bass have moved into the creeks. Best to fish newly flooded grass with a Z-man Jack Hammer vibrating jig or a Strike King Pro-model Colorado blade spinnerbait. A black/blue Strike King Denny Brauer rattling jig rigged with a Rage Craw around any hard cover in the creeks will catch some good fish. Best creeks to fish will be Greasy, Toby Tubby and Thompson. White bass are excellent around the Highway 7 bridge using a 1/4 ounce chrome Rat-L-Trap or a 1/4 ounce Peanut Craft Lure jig rigged with a 3 inch curl tail grub. Some catfish can be caught in the same area using cut shad and night crawlers.
GREENVILLE AREA RUNS AND MS RIVER
Our source for the Greenville runs and for the MS River is Terry Bates of Big River Guide Service. Terry told us, "Fishing in the Mississippi Delta is finally starting to pick up with this long awaited warmer weather. Lake Washington has been the hot spot for sure. Crappie fishing has been good to great, with several crappie weighing over 3 pounds being caught. In some of the last crappie tournaments on the lake it took over 17 pounds to win with only a 7 crappie limit. Last week good numbers and sizes of crappie were being caught trolling in 5 to 12 feet of water but only fishing 1 to 3 feet deep. As the water warms this fishing will slow down indicating the fish were starting to move shallow to spawn, which they are right now. While a few fish have been being caught shallow for some time, the majority of the fish are moving in right now. Shallow cover such as brush, cypress trees and knees will be the ticket in less than 1.5 feet of water for the next few weeks. Bass have been biting as well, with good catches being reported over the last couple of weeks. Most fish are being caught around the cypress trees and knees in 3 feet of water or less. Jigs, tubs, lizards, spinner baits and buzz baits have all been producing fish. Remember this time of year is when the really big fish are biting so make sure you have some good line on your reel before you go down to Washington. Far Crappie, 8 to 10 Vicious Fluorocarbon line is great for jig fishing around the cypress trees or any cover; it's more abrasive resistant than monofilament and much more sensitive. Fluorocarbon is also great for trolling, it invisible underwater and has almost no stretch which means more hookups! Far bass, I normally use 20 pound Vicious Fluorocarbon line on my Jigs/tubs/ spinner baits, and either 65 or 80 pound Vicious braid on my buzz bait. Again, both of these lines are far superior to monofilament in both feel and strength. For more info on Lake Washington or getting fishing supplies, bait or a cabin call Mike Jones at Bait-N-Thangs at 662/827-2666.
For fishing on Lake Ferguson and other lakes connected to the Mississippi River there hasn't been any fishing to amount to anything due to the high water. The river has crested and has been falling this week. While the lever is still above flood stage its falling fast and some fishing should start this week. I haven't had one good report or trip myself this year so far on the river. So if you're going fun fishing right now, stay off the river for a little while longer.
Spring is one of the best times of year to fish, with the weather warming the fish are biting, so get and have some fun. Anyone wanting to go Fishing or need more info can call me at Big River Guide Service at 662/390/3886, GOOD FISHING TO ALL!!!!!!
Also please remember keep what you can eat, release the rest to spawn."