Ron Wong (www.lroutdoors.com) told us, "Thanks to hurricane Harvey, Sardis lake level rose above normal pool of 260 feet above sea level. However, the winter drawdown is now in process. Crappie fishing is excellent with catches of 60-80 fish a day common with over 20 legal size fish included. Two methods working very well: 1) trolling Strike King Series 3 or 3XD's in shad colors or 2) drifting Capps & Coleman double minnow rigs 12-14 feet deep with large minnows. Best areas are from the mouth of Clear Creek to the dam. Bass are good early and late on main lake points using either a Strike King Dexy Dawg or Whopper Plopper topwater bait. During the day, some good bass can be caught in same areas or river ledge (Clear to Thompson creek) using a Strike King 6XD crankbait or Texas-rigged Rage Tail Rage Bug. Catfish can be caught using cut shad or shrimp near the dam. White bass are starting to show up around south side main lake points. Best baits are tail-spin lures or 1/4 ounce Red Eye Shad or Rattle-Traps."
Our source for Arkabutla Lake told us the lake elevation at the time this forecast was written was 223.97 and falling slowly. The water conditions are clearing and all ramps are open. Fish for white bass over sandy points in the main lake with jigs, spinners or crankbaits. Largemouth bass should be found in flooded grass close to channel edges or drop-offs. Look for clearest water available and fish spinnerbaits, buzz baits and soft plastics.
Crappie should be found in the outside edges of cover. Best luck reported has been fishing very slowly in the deeper edges of the grass with minnows. Some folks are using a single pole; others are using multiple poles while moving, very slowly, in and out of cover.
Catfishing should be best fishing trotlines or noodles (jugs) in the covered grass using natural baits. Good luck may be found in the river and creeks, if we get any rain runoff, using worms or stink baits.
In the outlet channel I have heard good reports fishing for catfish 6- to 8-inches under a bobber with no weight drifting down the current. There have been some decent reports of white bass and small crappie catches.
With the recent warm up back in the 90s expect this bite to continue into October. A cold snap down to the 70s or large amounts of rain will be the only factors to change the bite.
GREENVILLE AREA RUNS
Our source for Greenville area and the MS River, Terry Bates, told us, "Fishing is still going well in the Mississippi Delta, we had a hint of fall last week, but it's back hot for now. The river has fallen about 10 foot since the last report, and is supposed to be around 15' on the Greenville gage by September 23, the upcoming weekend. Bass, bream, crappie and catfish are all being caught in area lakes, just like the last report.
Lake Ferguson, is the only lake around here that's still connected to the river, Whittington, and Lee are both cut off now, Lee get cut off around 24' and Whittington at around 17' lever on the Greenville gage. Most all visible wood cover is dry, except an occasional tree that may still have the very end in the water. Bass fishing is still good though, and should get better with some cooler weather, when we get some. Good numbers and sizes of bass are being caught by several means. Patterns that are still working include, paralleling crank baits, spinner baits, and rattle traps next the barges is producing some fish, however underwater points, ledges and rock piles seems to be holding more and larger fish. Most fish are in between 6 to 12 feet, but some are being caught much deeper, but these changes daily, so you may need to experiment shallower or deeper. Deep running crank baits, Carolina rigs, and Texas rigs are your best bet. Best colors seems to be green pumpkin, watermelon, watermelon candy, any of your transparent colors are catching fish. The jig bight seem to have pick up since my last report, I'm using either 1/2 to 3/4 oz football head in either green pumpkin with matching trailer, or the old fait full black/blue combination. I'm also using Vicious Fluorocarbon line for all my fishing. On my worms, jigs, and Carolina rigs I'm using either 15, 17 or 20 lb., depending on what type of structure I'm fishing around and on my crank baits I'm using 12 lb.
The rest below is just about the same as what was on the last report, but still good.
Lots of Bream are biting at Lake Ferguson around the rocky points, banks and rock piles, steel barges and steel barge pilings. The fish are around 4 feet deep. A good choice is 10 lb. Vicious Fluorocarbon; it's both tough and very abrasive resistant, which great around all this cover.
Lots of good size and numbers of catfish are being caught on Lake Ferguson at both grain elevators in 15 to 20 feet of water. With the water now very low out on the Mississippi, lots of fish are being caught behind the rock dikes or jugging on the river. If you can get some fresh Skip Jack shad seem to be the best bait to be using.
Crappie are being caught around the area by trolling at Lake Washington and Lake Lee. Some fish are being caught at Lake Ferguson around the steel barges and barge piling in 12 to 15 feet or water, or around under water brush piles at the same depth.
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 for the next person!"