Our source for Sardis Lake fishing, Ron Wong (lroutdoors.com) told us, "Winter pool draw down is in progress at Sardis Lake. Be cautious as you navigate the upper end of the lake as some of the stump filled humps appear. With falling surface temps, shad are moving onto points and in creeks. Some good bass can be caught Sexy Dawg top water bait or buzz bait around secondary points in the major creeks such as Hurricane, Nelson, Clear and Thompson. Early and late along with cloudy days are best times. Texas rigged Rage Tail Cut-R worms fished along the river ledge from Pat's Bluff to Thompson creek will be effective for both numbers of bass along with some good size ones. Crappie fishing is very good pulling Strike King 3 or 3XD pink or shad colored crankbaits from the mouth of Clear creek to the dam. Pushing Bobby Garland Stroll-R baits will also be effective in the same area with some good fish caught. For those that enjoy single poling, vertical jig a Strike King Joker tipped with a minnow around the timber in front of Coontown Landing 6 to 10 feet deep. White bass are schooling on south side main lake points and around Engineer's Point with a Little George or 1/4 ounce Red Shad as best baits to load the boat. There is no limit on white bass. Catfish are best along the face of the dam using cut shad or shrimp."
Our source for Arkabutla, Thomas Pierce, told us, "The water level at the time of this forecast was 219.3 and slowly falling. The conditions are clearing and all ramps are open.
Bass have been in main lake summer patterns; check out any rock and/or clay points especially with cover. White bass have been schooling on shad off sandy points early and late in day.
Best crappie reports have come from those pulling crankbaits 10 - 12 ft deep off main lake points and in the mouths of major creek arms. Pushing jigs and/or minnows have not been doing as well as cranks. Single pole jigging has picked up but not as productive as trolling.
For catfish use noodles (jugs), trotlines, and/or rod & reel with various natural baits in creek or river channels or over main lake flats. Head for river and creeks with worms and stink bait if there is any rain runoff.
In the run off there have been reports of small crappie caught using jigs and/or minnows. White bass have started to show up; use jigs, spoons, small crankbaits, outside current. Some reports of catfish using crickets in 1 -2 feet deep under a cork in the fast water. Larger cats are biting shad or other natural baits fished on the bottom."