Our source for Sardis Lake fishing, Ron Wong (lroutdoors.com) told us, "With all the recent rain, Sardis lake level has risen but is still being drawn down to winter pool level. Majority of the lake is stained with surface temps falling below 50 degrees. Crappie fishing has been good and will continue to be good even with cooler water temps. Using a Capps & Coleman double minnow rig with medium size minnows will produce the most fish fishing 10 to 14 feet deep over deeper water. A slow drift, .3 to .5 mile an hour is the best speed. Best areas are the mouth of Thompson creek to the dam and the area around the marina in Engineer's creek. Some crappie can be caught in the spillway using black/chartreuse or pink/black jigs under a float fishing 5 to 7 feet deep. To catch some bass, best bait is a black/blue Strike King Denny Brauer structure jig rigged with a Rage craw. Best areas are from Pat's Bluff to Cole's Point along the river channel and a round Engineer's Point. Some catfish can be caught in front of the pump house or along the face of the dam using cut shad or night crawlers. It is a good time for bass fishermen to clean their gear, put on new line and lube reels for the upcoming spring fishing."