Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – August 30, 2017

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.85 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 462.04 feet msl Oct. 1-April 30; 463.04 feet msl May 1-June 1; 462.54 feet msl June 1-Sept. 30).

Catfishing on Greers Ferry Lake

(update 8-30-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake was at 460.95 feet msl as of Tuesday, 1.59 feet below normal pool of 462.54 feet msl and falling. The lake may get a little rise out of the rainfall expected, but would not count on it.

The bass fishing continues to be good day and night, with spinnerbaits and small crankbaits in shallow water; jighead worms and jigs for the mid-range fish; and the deeper fish on Texas rigged worms-rigs. Use football head jigs, spinnerbaits and topwater plugs at night, and some topwater action is going on off and on all day.

The crappie are fat and eating well in 15-30 feet of water suspended, on minnows and jigs.

The catfishing is good all over the lake with some good fish coming in from real shallow water and others on the edge of deep water on a variety of baits.

No report on walleye.

Bream action is still good from real shallow water out to 27 feet or so on crickets and crawlers, with some artificial baits working up shallow.

The hybrid and white bass action is good all over the lake on top and on structure from 30-50 feet of water day and night. Use live bait, inline spinners, grubs, spoons, swimbaits and Alabama rigs.

(update 8-30-2017) Cody S. Smith of (501-691-5701) said unseasonably cool temperatures continue to dominate across north central Arkansas and the fish are responding well. Greers Ferry is at 461 feet and 1.5 feet low in comparison to normal pool at this time. Cooler weather and precipitation have back d our surface temperatures off from summer highs around 90 degrees. We had fallen off to the low 80s over the last couple of weeks with surface temps rebounding to the high 80s this past week. With our short and long term forecast looking to be much cooler than average temps look for the late summer early fall transition to really get going.

Fish and bait are starting to show up in good numbers much shallower than they have been over the last month. Most of our shad are utilizing 10-24 feet with select pods in 3-8 feet. These areas seem to be holding the highest concentrations of fish. Mixed bags continue for their guide boats on a daily basis; seven to nine different species on a single trip are being caught, and that will continue to be the norm right on into October. The lake gamefish have responded well to the shad stockings and the baitfish populations are on the rise. Their gamefish are stuffed full and look as good as Cody says he’s seen them in several years. With continued stocking efforts and habitat improvement projects Greers Ferry is well on its way to producing some really good bags for tournament and recreational anglers alike. Shad imitating baits along with live bait rigs are your best options for a great bite right now. Call Email or text to book your next great day on the lake. We specialize in making memories.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – June 21, 2017

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 468.28 feetmsl (normal conservation pool: 462.04 feetmsl Oct. 1-April 30; 463.04 feetmsl May 1-June 1; 462.54 feetmsl June 1-Sept. 30).

(updated 6-21-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 468.30 feet msl and falling from generation and evaporation. At this time they are generating 12 hours a day. It is 5.76 feet above normal pool of 462.54 feet and they will continue to generate until it’s at normal pool and/or for needs.

For the most part all species are in or getting in the summer habitat and will stay that way until the water starts to cool back off in the fall.

The crappie have fallen back out deeper now with the falling water and are around brush piles more and suspended in the pole timber 15-25 feet deep. Some will go as deep as 40 feet. Try using minnows and jigs fished vertically.

The catfish are eating well all over the lake on various baits day and night on various methods from rod and reel to trotlines and everything in between.

The bream are guarding young fry and eating just about anything that gets in front of them. Try crickets, crawlers and small crankbaits and in-line spinners.

The walleye are getting on out away from the old brush line and can be reached now without hanging up so much. Try dragging crawlers in 15-35 feet of water.

The bass fishing is still good and will be in the old brush line and right on the edges of it for a lot of roamers, and the rest are up out deep in 25-45 feet of water. Try topwater offerings shallow and C-rigs and Texas rigs out deep.

The hybrid and white bass bite continues to be good and will be good as they are good and healthy. It should be the best summer-and-into-fall bite the lake has had in a while. Use spoons, in-line spinners, and swimbaits for the best results in 25-45 feet of water, and there is a lot of schooling of both species going on the south end of the lake.

Free Fishing Weekend Starts Friday

For one weekend a year in Arkansas, folks 16 years of age and older aren’t required to have a fishing license or trout permit to fish The Natural State. Arkansas’s annual Free Fishing Weekend will run from noon Friday through midnight Sunday night. Children under 16 don’t need a license anytime to fish, but this special weekend is a perfect time for adults and kids to get out together on Arkansas’s water sources.

If you’re looking to get the kids on a near sure-thing fishing experience, Ben Batten, the AGFC’s assistant chief of Fisheries, suggests visiting one of the AGFC’s five fish hatcheries from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The hatcheries will be holding derbies for anglers 12 and under. Each child must be supervised by an adult. Kids may catch and keep up to three catfish (or three trout at the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery). In addition to fishing fun, participants also will be able to compete in casting contests and win prizes for fish caught.

Check out this video about Arkansas’s Free Fishing Weekend

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – June 7, 2017

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 470.29 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 462.04 msl).

(updated 6-7-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 470.20 feet and rising from recent rains. It is 7.66 feet above normal pool of 462.54 feet. It should start falling back down with in a couple of more days from generation.

All species of fish are eating it up.

The walleye are not as consistent as the rest, but that is the nature of the species. Try using crawlers on harness rigs, drop-shots and jigheads on rocky flats in 12-25 feet of water; if you catch one, more will be close.

The bream are bedding again with this moon coming and can be caught on small crankbaits, topwater poppers on fly rods, crawlers and crickets.

The catfish are eating all over the lake on a lot of different baits and presentations. The flat heads are spawning this month, so get out and fish for the most under-fished species on the lake.

The crappie are in the old brush line and in the pole timber, suspended for the most part, and around some brush piles that are the right depth, in 12-25 feet of water. Use jigs and jigs tipped with minnows for the best results.

The black bass are eating up shallow out to 42 feet. Shallow fish will eat buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, frogs and small crankbaits, while the deeper fish will eat a lot of different baits on the ball and chain and a football head.

The hybrid and white bass bite is going super strong, especially for big hybrids. A lot of fish in the 15-20 feet depth range are eating well. Try in-line spinners and spoons for your best catches.