Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – April 19, 2017

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 459.83 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 4-19-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry are falling with generation, and looks like it will continue to fall with work on the dam project. The fishing and or catching is good overall and will get even better with the more stable weather around the corner.

The crappie are in all three phases of spawn – some shallow, some deep and some even deeper. Try jigs and jigs tipped with minnows or a spring craw grub for your best results.

The walleye bite in the lake is picking up with crawlers and crankbaits, and a drop shot or jighead being the norm for this time of year on chunk rock flats.

The bass catching is good on all three species with a lot of 100 fish days on just about any bait you have in your tackle box at the right location for any given day or weather condition all over the lake.

The bream are moving up strong and can be caught with crankbaits, crawlers and crickets.

The hybrid and white bass are eating at various times all over the lake and rivers. Grubs, swimbaits, spoons, in-line spinners and live bait working as well.

Triple Threat Catfish Hooks from Whisker Seeker Tackle

Triple Threat Catfish Hook
A month or two back Whisker Seeker Tackle released a new product I designed with them, the Triple Threat Catfish Hook. It’s been a couple of years in the making.
I’ve been too busy to get information together on the Triple Threat Catfish Hooks to post. It’s been an insane couple of months and the spring blue catfish bite is in full swing but I finally found a few minutes to put together some info (mostly because i’ve been getting pounded with questions).
In this weeks article and video I’m covering the questions to the answers I’ve been getting the most, how to fish the Triple Threat Catfish Hooks and also how to choose the right hook size. I’ll be back with some more information and tips on these hooks in the future.

Triple Threat Catfish Hook Features

When I teamed up with Whisker Seeker Tackle to build the Triple Threat Hooks is been just like every other product collaboration I’ve done with them (like the VersaRattle and LockJaw Catfish Grips. I wanted to build something that wasn’t available (fixing the issues I’ve had with other hooks), I also wanted to build a BIG hybrid circle hooks and wanted a line of hooks that was affordable.

And so the Triple Threat Hook was born……

Here’s the features of the triple threat hook:

  • Hybrid Circle Hook
  • Extra Heavy Gauge
  • Chemically Sharpened
  • Upturned Eye
  • Offset Shank
  • Wide Gap

Basically it “checks all the boxes” for what I was looking for in a catfish hook.

How To Fish The Triple Threat

The Triple Threat Catfish Hook is a hybrid circle hook that can be fished three different ways (hence the name triple threat).
Here’s how you can use it:
1. Traditional Circle Hook – The first option is to fish like a traditional circle hook allowing the fishing rod to load so the hook sets itself. Just make sure that you’re using the right catfish rod (like my signature series catfish rods) because you need some flex in the fishing rod tip. Check out our Ultimate Guide To Catfish Rods for more info.
2. Reel, Reel, Reel – Option two is to use the reel, reel, reel method. This is a great option for smaller catfish, catfish that are biting light or fish that are swimming sideways or towards the boat. Basically at the first indication of a bite grab the rod and reel the fishing reel in as fast as possible.
3. Set The Hook – What’s that you say? You can’t set the hook with circle hooks? Actually, YOU CAN with the Triple Threat. You just need to use a long sweeping hook set action (think moving the rod tip from the 10:00 position to the 2:00 position.
These three options give you the ultimate in versatility in catfish hooks.

Choosing The Right Hook Size

The Triple Threat hook is available in three sizes, 6/0, 8/0 and 10/0.
I’ve had a ton of questions about the hook sizes and choosing the right one so here’s the details.
6/0 – This is a great choice for smaller catfish and smaller pieces of catfish bait (either cut bait or whole baits). If you’re targeting smaller “box fish” (blues and channels from one to about five pounds) the 6/0 hook is a great choice.
8/0 – The 8/0 hook is the most versatile hook in the series. It’s a great option for catfish from about four or five pounds up to trophy class blue catfish and can be used with smaller cut or whole baits or larger baits as well. I love this hook as “go to” when targeting numbers and bigger catfish as well.
10/0 – This is the “big daddy”. The 10/0 hook is a monster hook for chasing trophy class catfish. If you’re targeting big catfish exclusively and using large to extra large cut baits then the 10/0 hook is a great choice. It’s a heavy duty hook made for hooking and landing monster cats!

Here’s The Video

Here’s Some More Info

I put together this handy infographic to cover some more details on the Triple Threat Hook.

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Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – April 5, 2017

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.82 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).

(updated 4-5-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is about a foot below normal pool. Work continues on the dam gates.

The bass fishing is good with a lot of fish being caught all over the water cilium and all depths, with fish in the bushes out to 30 feet. Use spinnerbaits, traps, jigs, C-rigs Texas rigs, wacky rigs, small crankbaits and flukes.

The bream are moving up as well and can be caught on small crankbaits, crawlers and crickets.

Catfish are being caught all over the lake as the blue bite is best with them being caught on cut bait.

The crappie have improved a lot and have moved up with the water level, and fisherman can target the fish better around the bushes in the rivers and main lake on minnows, small crankbaits and jigs.

The river walleye are finishing up and headed out on their journey back to the lake. The lake fish will be more active from now until June as they will try and spawn in the lake. Use jigs tipped with minnows, grubs and the like on drop-shots, and use crankbaits as well.

The hybrid and white bass fishing is good all over the lake as a bunch of whites have spawned and some hybrids are trying to eat their young up the rivers and dump their eggs. The rest are in the lake trying to dump their eggs around the shoreline bushes, while a lot of the lake whites have moved into the smaller creeks and the rest of the fish are on structure. Use grubs, flies, in-line spinners and topwater baits for the river and creek fish; use spoons, in-line spinners and swimbaits for the others.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 29, 2017

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.20 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 3-22-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 459.84 feet and rising, and Tommy says it looks like it may make normal pool before it is over in a few days, especially with more rain coming. The Heber Springs Expo is this weekend at the event center; there will be lots of tackle for sale at bargains and lots of fishing seminars to learn more about fishing Greers Ferry Lake and just fishing in general, so come out this weekend and enjoy the show.

The river walleye are just about done spawning and a lot are already headed back to the lake. Now it will be the lake walleyes’ turn to try and spawn, and the time to start catching some numbers of fish. Try using a crankbait, drop-shots and jigheads tipped with a minnow or a grub or small Senko-style worm for best results.

No report on bream.

The bass fishing is good with a lot of fish being caught all over the water column on a variety of baits. Use spinnerbaits, small crankbaits, jigs, wacky rigs and jighead worms. The Rat-L-Trap bite is going strong as well.

The catfishing is good for the bigger fish, as a recent tournament for the best five fish weighed 210 pounds. For cats, use bream or cut bait for the best results all over the lake.

Crappie are spawning at various places and on the move as well. Use minnows and jigs in about 8 feet of water on do-nothing banks or around anything sticking up in the water.

The hybrid fishing and white bass fishing are good in the lake and rivers; use Rooster Tails, grubs, topwater baits, spoons or Road Runners for the best results from real shallow out to 35 feet of water.
(updated 3-15-2017) Cody Smith of Fish Greers Ferry guide service reports that the lake level is rising slowly.

Water surface temperatures have fallen back to the 51-52 degree range lake-wide after reaching the 57-58 degree range last week. This has, in turn, sent a lot of the gamefish that where moving shallow and staging for the spawn back out to greater depths. Our shad that where pushed to the middle and the back third of most major creeks and tributaries have also retreated to greater depths with the rapidly cooling water. With good inflow entering the lake it has brought cooler water but some much needed stain as well. These dirtier water areas will rebound quickly as the stained water will always warm more quickly than our clear water sections. I look for most all of our gamefish to reposition back shallow by next week with much warmer than average forecast on the way. We are still catching limits like we have been but we just have to relocate the same schools of fish most everyday while these dramatically colder temperatures persist.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 22, 2017

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 457.09 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).

(updated 3-15-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is rising and is less than 5 feet below normal pool. The temp has cooled somewhat – it is 52-56 degrees.
The walleye fishing is on and off with all the cold fronts. It’s hard to get to most of the river fish unless by foot. Some coming and going can be picked up in places, with a drop-shot or jighead tipped with a live bait. Grubs, crankbaits and rouges are working at times. Live bait for the lake fish is best in 25-40 of water.
The bass fishing is pretty good with fish being caught real shallow or in 25 feet and some out in 40 feet of water; try spinnerbaits, crankbaits, drop-shots, spoons-rigs and football heads. A Rat-L-Trap and wacky rigs are working as well.
The crappie are eating all over the lake suspended in 10-15 feet of water over the deepest water you can find, with some eating in the river channels on the bottom in 40 feet.
No report on catfish.
The hybrid and white bass bite is good all day at various times throughout the lake on spoons and in-line spinners. Some topwater action is going on as well. On tough days a swimbait or hair jig dead stuck is working the best.
No report on bream.

(updated 3-15-2017) Cody Smith of Fish Greers Ferry guide service reports that the lake level is rising slowly. Water surface temperatures have fallen back to the 51-52 degree range lake-wide after reaching the 57-58 degree range last week. This has, in turn, sent a lot of the gamefish that where moving shallow and staging for the spawn back out to greater depths. Our shad that where pushed to the middle and the back third of most major creeks and tributaries have also retreated to greater depths with the rapidly cooling water. With good inflow entering the lake it has brought cooler water but some much needed stain as well. These dirtier water areas will rebound quickly as the stained water will always warm more quickly than our clear water sections. I look for most all of our gamefish to reposition back shallow by next week with much warmer than average forecast on the way. We are still catching limits like we have been but we just have to relocate the same schools of fish most everyday while these dramatically colder temperatures persist.