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.