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.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 23, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 23, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 459.26 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

(updated 3-23-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 2.25 feet below normal pool and falling. Bass fishing is good all over the lake. Some fish are still a little deep, but most have started to move shallow or stage for the upcoming spawn. A Carolina-rigged lizard is working well in front of the brushy shorelines, as are crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Carolina-rigged lizards and football head jigs are working in deeper water for fewer, but larger fish. Crappie are biting well suspended in about 5 feet of water. Casting or jigging grubs, jigs and twister tails is working, as are minnows under a float. Catfish are eating live bait on trotlines and jugs on the upper and lower end of the lake. Some bream are up shallow and others are biting on pieces of nightcrawler and crickets fished around floating docks. Walleye action has slowed some upriver, but the lake fish are coming on now. Try dragging minnows on a drop shot or swimming a grub around any shoals at night. White bass and hybrids are spawning upriver and can be caught on live bait, grubs and in-line spinners.
(updated 3-2-2016) Cody Smith at www.fishgreersferry.com said the Corps of Engineers has sufficiently dropped water levels in order to allow maintenance on the gates. Water levels should stabilize on both the lake and river. Water surface temperatures range from 46 to 52 degrees. Water clarity is moderately stained from two thirds of the way up the main tributaries throughout the main lake. The water clears significantly as you progress up through the feeder arms. Water temperatures are significantly cooler in these areas though, and very little activity has been seen. For now, stick to the dirty water. The bite is much better from the bank out to 25 feet or so in these locations. Look for your most active bite for hybrids to be at 12 to 20 feet deep. Walleye should be upriver in 2 to 10 feet of water. Crappie should be around brush in 8 to 18 feet of water. Bass are anywhere from the bank to 18 feet deep, but should make a push shallow in the coming weeks.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 16, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 16, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 579.04 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
(updated 3-16-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 2.39 feet below normal pool and rising, despite heavy generation. Surface temperature ranges from mid-50s to mid-60s. The walleye in the river are almost finished spawning, but the lake fish are beginning to move up to spawn there. Try dragging a minnow on a jig head or trolling a crankbait. Dragging a large bream on a catfish rig also has picked up some bigger walleye this year. Bream are starting to move to shallow water and can be caught on crickets, small crankbaits and in-line spinners. No report on catfish. Crappie fishing is good all over the lake on jigs and minnows in 25 feet of water. The crappie seem to be moving up, and a lot of fish have also been caught in front of submerged brush. Hybrid and white bass are biting well all over the lake and in the rivers on spoons, in-line spinners and Alabama Rigs anywhere from 2 feet out to 25 feet.
(updated 3-2-2016) Cody Smith at www.fishgreersferry.com said the Corps of Engineers has sufficiently dropped water levels in order to allow maintenance on the gates. Water levels should stabilize on both the lake and river. Water surface temperatures range from 46 to 52 degrees. Water clarity is moderately stained from two thirds of the way up the main tributaries throughout the main lake. The water clears significantly as you progress up through the feeder arms. Water temperatures are significantly cooler in these areas though, and very little activity has been seen. For now, stick to the dirty water. The bite is much better from the bank out to 25 feet or so in these locations. Look for your most active bite for hybrids to be at 12 to 20 feet deep. Walleye should be upriver in 2 to 10 feet of water. Crappie should be around brush in 8 to 18 feet of water. Bass are anywhere from the bank to 18 feet deep, but should make a push shallow in the coming weeks.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 9, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 16, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 457.06 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

(updated 3-9-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level has risen 0.21 feet because of the rain already and is 5.15 feet below normal pool. The work on the turbine likely will be delayed again until they are able to get it back down after the rise. The white and hybrid bass fishing has been very good at river mouths and in the rivers themselves on spoons, in-line spinners, swimbaits and grubs. The muddy water will shut that down until it clears. No report on catfish other than this warm rain will get all three species going pretty good. Crappie fishing has been good one day and off the next. The wind has hampered it some. Try jigs and minnows around pole timber in 10 to 18 feet of water. No report on bream, even though some have moved up. Walleye fishing has been tough because getting up the rivers has been difficult. The river fish will finish spawning with this warm rain and head back to the lake. The lake fish will be pulling up, trying to spawn. You should be able to catch some spawning walleye along the banks on minnows until the water reaches 70 degrees and then go to crawlers for the best results. Bass fishing is getting better by the minute as the warm rain will have most of the fish going shallow.
(updated 3-2-2016) Cody Smith at www.fishgreersferry.com said the Corps of Engineers has sufficiently dropped water levels in order to allow maintenance on the gates. Water levels should stabilize on both the lake and river. Water surface temperatures range from 46 to 52 degrees. Water clarity is moderately stained from two thirds of the way up the main tributaries throughout the main lake. The water clears significantly as you progress up through the feeder arms. Water temperatures are significantly cooler in these areas though, and very little activity has been seen. For now, stick to the dirty water. The bite is much better from the bank out to 25 feet or so in these locations. Look for your most active bite for hybrids to be at 12 to 20 feet deep. Walleye should be upriver in 2 to 10 feet of water. Crappie should be around brush in 8 to 18 feet of water. Bass are anywhere from the bank to 18 feet deep, but should make a push shallow in the coming weeks

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 2, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 2, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 457.07 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 4.91 feet below normal pool and falling.

Crappie fishing is getting better each day; try jigs and minnows fished in the pole timber in the bends of creeks and mouths of spawning areas in 15-25 feet of water.

The walleye fishing is so-so if you can get to the river fish or even find them. Try jigs, drop shots, minnows and crankbaits.

No report on catfish.

The bass fishing is good on bluff walls and 45-degree pea gravel banks with crankbaits, jerk baits and spinnerbaits. Deeper fish can be caught with football head jigs and Carolina rigs.

No-report on bream.

The hybrids and white bass can be caught on flats leading to spawning areas on spoons, in-line spinners, grubs and swim baits in 15-35 feet of water.
Cody Smith at www.fishgreersferry.com said the Corps of Engineers has sufficiently dropped water levels in order to allow maintenance on the gates. Water levels should stabilize on both the lake and river. Water surface temperatures range from 46 to 52 degrees. Water clarity is moderately stained from two thirds of the way up the main tributaries throughout the main lake. The water clears significantly as you progress up through the feeder arms. Water temperatures are significantly cooler in these areas though, and very little activity has been seen. For now, stick to the dirty water. The bite is much better from the bank out to 25 feet or so in these locations.

Look for your most active bite for hybrids to be at 12 to 20 feet deep.

Walleye should be upriver in 2 to 10 feet of water.

Crappie should be around brush in 8 to 18 feet of water.

Bass are anywhere from the bank to 18 feet deep, but should make a push shallow in the coming weeks