Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – May 25, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – May 25, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.56 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

(updated 5-25-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 462.56 and rising, at 0.46 feet above lowest pool for May-June and 0.48 feet from the top of pool for the same period of May-June of 463.04-462.54 feet and the water is still on the cool side, with the temp in low 70s.

The crappie seem to be done with the rivers spawning and are out suspended recouping around pole timber and over the top of brush piles in 10-18 feet of water; the lake fish are still spawning and can be caught in the bushes or right out in front of them in 1 foot out to 5 feet. Try jigs and minnows for them.

The walleye are ganged up in the lake and are eating crawlers dragged around in 5 feet of water out to 12-14 feet, according to the weather and wind, and some will eat crankbaits while suspended.

The bream have spawned and are guarding fry; in-line spinners, crawlers and crickets are working well.

Catfish are eating well all over the lake on all of the baits you would want to try on jugs, lines and rods and reels.

The three species of bass are in a post-spawn funk; try dragging a rig out to 30 feet or a Texas rig, or a floating worm up shallow or a jig head worm in between. Some fish are schooling in different places. The hybrid and white bass are schooling some and eating a lot on and off all day. Spoons, in-line spinners, hair jigs, swimbaits and topwater baits are working well.

(updated 5-25-2016) Cody Smith of Fish Greers Ferry guide service reports that the lake is starting to slowly settle into its summer pattern. Rising water over the past few weeks sent the first wave of offshore fish back to the bank; over the last week they have pushed back out and are setting up nicely on brush piles and Corps habitat. Surface temperatures are in the low 70s lake-wide with good water color and clarity. Shallow fish are highly pressured and seem to be scattered at best in shoreline cover.

The walleye bite is good right now with a limit to a couple limits showing up with regularity. Fourteen to 22 feet around staging bluegills has been his best pattern.

White bass and some hybrids are sporadically surfacing throughout the morning and evenings. The lack of baitfish in the reservoir is resulting in very little surface activity as there is not enough shad to push and corral.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – May 18, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – May 18, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.51 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 462.52 feet msl, which is is 0.52 below normal pool of 463.04 to 462.54 feet for the May-June level.

 

The bass fishing is great shallow and deep for all three species. There are still spawning fish that will last until June, some are post spawn and some are super post spawn out deeper, and a lot of the fish will be back up shallow mid-day trying to eat bream; a topwater back and a Wake bait are working good right now as well as spinnerbaits and small crankbaits. The deeper fish can be caught on a bottom bait at times and crankbait at times. With the bottom baits, you need to use a Texas-rigged worm or a Carolina-rigged cinko or lizard for your best result.

Most of the crappie have spawned up the rivers but the lake fish are still doing their thing. In the rivers, fish shallow and out to 15-20 feet for the suspended post-spawn fish. The lake fish can be caught shallow off of main lake pockets, use jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.

Catfish are eating well all over the lake on a variety of baits.

As for walleye, some river fish are still traveling back to the lake, and the lake fish are on points, humps and riprap banks trying to spawn. The best thing going is dragging crawlers in 5-18 feet of water, shallower on cloudy days and deeper on sunny days.

Bream fishing is good all over the lake, shallow out to 15-18 feet of water. Crickets and crawlers are working well, as well as small crankbaits and in-line spinners.

The hybrid bass and the white bass are really chewing now but acting real crazy, as they are chasing bait all over the place. If you find the bait and the fish and they run off, just sit still, they will be back soon. Small spoons are working well as are in-line spinners fished vertical, and swimbaits and topwater baits fished horizontal, as well as different types of live bait. Concentrate in 25-35 feet of water.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – May 11, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – May 11, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.26 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(updated 5-11-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 462.24 feet msl, or 0.8 feet below normal pool for May-June of 463.04-462.54 feet that is where they try to keep it for that period of time. The water temp is in the high 60-mid 70s .

The fishing all around is good all over the lake and rivers, from 0 feet out to 40 feet deep. The bass fishing in good in the bushes, in front of the bushes and out on flats and humps and points, try using Texas-rigged baits up shallow, to c-rigs out deep and mid-depths as well as a lot of other baits are working as well, you can pretty much pick your own poison, the fish are scattered from real shallow out to 40 feet deep.

The bream are eating well on crickets, crawlers and small crank baits and in-line spinners, they are bedding a little deeper because of the low water we have had, try from shallow out to 20 feet.

The catfishing is good all over on jugs and lines, a few people are catching them on rod and reel, using a big variety of baits.

Walleye, anglers are still catching a few males and resident fish up the rivers, the lake Walleye bite should be on fire soon with the water warming, try dragging crawlers and crank baits in 5- 20-foot range.

Crappie up the rivers ,some are still spawning and they are spawning all over the lake as well in the pole timber and around brush, the post spawn fish are out suspended in about 15 feet , try grubs and minnows.

Crappie - Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report

The Hybrid and White Bass some are still up rivers and creeks doing their thing, and the lake fish are trying to school a little and are on the move a lot, it is real hard to stay over them, the best way is to find then and just sit still and they will be back under you pretty soon after they make a circle; use spoons, in-line spinners, swim baits, hair jigs, and some live bait is working as well.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – May 4, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – May 4, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.73 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(updated 5-4-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 0.31 feet below normal pool and rising. Surface water temperature ranges from the mid-60s to lower 70s.

Some fish have spawned and some have not, but all fish have really been scattered because of cloud cover.

Crappie are biting from 0 out to 15 feet, as they’re moving from spawning cover to deep water. They can be caught on small minnows or jigs, either dipped around shallow brush or suspended over deeper brush.

Bream are biting crickets, small crankbaits and in-line spinners. Most are still deep, but they may begin to make their move shallow soon.

Some walleye can still be caught up the rivers and some can be caught in the lake. Try jigs tipped with minnows if water is below 70 degrees. When the water temperature hits 70 degrees, try dragging nightcrawlers on the same jig heads, from right on the bank out to 18 feet.

Catfish are biting very well on a variety of live and prepared baits.

Smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass are all in some stage of the spawn, so practically any lure you try is likely to hook a few. It is a junk fisherman’s paradise right now.

Hybrids and white bass are all over the place as well. Some are still upriver, some are in the creeks and some are moving back to the lake. Try spoons, in-line spinners, swim baits, topwater baits and live bait for the best action from 0-35 feet of water and all in between.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 30, 2016

Greers Ferry Fishing Report – March 30, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 459.11 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(updated 3-30-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 2.91 feet below normal pool and falling. Fishing has been good, but every cold snap sets things back. The crappie are good on some days away from the bank suspended in about 5 feet of water and some can be caught in the few bushes that are in the water. Some can be caught trolling crank baits and jigs over shallow flats as well. Bream fishing is fair and will improve quickly after this rain. Try crickets and night crawlers, as well as small crank baits and in-line spinners. Catfishing is getting better each day on cut and live bait all over the lake. Bass are biting well on points and humps around spawning areas and deeper points and humps outside of spawning areas. Smallmouth, spotted bass and largemouth bass are all pre-spawn and can be caught on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Carolina-rigged lizards and football head jigs. Hybrids and white bass are up the rivers, but the cold weather has set them back. Most are getting ready to spawn, but a few are still in the main lake and can be caught 25-38 feet on live bait, spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits. Walleye keep showing up up the rivers but most are small males. Try live bait, small jerk baits, in-line spinners in the river arms. In the lake, look for walleye with spoons and drop-shot rigs baited with live minnows, crawlers or soft plastics.
(updated 3-30-2016) Cody Smith at www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry has been fishing extremely well over the past few weeks. Many male fish of all species are headed to the bank and are on flats and in the rivers near prime spawning areas. Last week’s cold snap brought howling winds and cold temperatures, which delayed the spawn. The last few days we have seen another rise in temperature and fish activity.