Kids’ Fishing Day normally held at the Commission’s fish hatcheries on Saturday during Free Fishing Weekend has been cancelled because of coronavirus concerns.
Free Fishing Days begins noon Friday, June 12, until midnight Sunday night., June 14. No angler will need a fishing license or trout permit to fish anywhere in Arkansas.
Residents and nonresidents may fish this weekend without fishing licenses or trout permits. Regulations for Arkansas waters apply: daily limits, slot limits and length limits must be observed.
As of Tuesday night, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 469.21 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 462.54 feet msl).
(updated 6-3-2020) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 469.30 feet msl and on the rise. It is 6.76 feet above normal pool for this time of year of 462.54 feet msl. Crappie catching continues to be good in and around bushes and now out to pole timber and brushpiles, from super shallow out to 25 feet on jigs and minnows. Catfishing is good all over the lake and rivers, with the flathead spawn upon us; use cut and live bait for any application. Walleye are scattered with the new rise and not a lot of sun. When things level out they should get grouped up good right outside of bushes and even in some bushes, Grubs and crawlers are working best. Hybrid bass and white bass are eating at will all over lake and in the rivers on grubs, inline spinners and spoons. They’re found right in front of bushes out to 30 feet. Black bass are chewing well with shad spawns, and just plain eating after their spawns, on a variety of baits in a variety of places. Bream are doing well all over lake with limits coming in use crawlers, crickets, small inline spinners and crankbaits.
(updated 6-3-2020) Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) in Sherwood says the water is high and the clarity is clear. Bass are biting in the early mornings on Whopper Ploppers in white and ghost minnow colors. Caroline rigs are also working in 10-20 feet of water, and Gitzits are getting hit around trees. At night the bass are biting on black/purple spinnerbaits and plum apple Old Monster River Tail Worms.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 465.66 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 462.54 feet msl).
(updated 4-8-2020) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 465.69 feet msl. That is 3.65 feet above normal pool of 462.04 feet msl for this time of year and falling with generation. The hybrid and white bass catching is off the charts and will continue to be until sometime in June; use grubs, inline spinners, Road Runners, topwater baits. They are all over rivers and the lake from super shallow out to 30 feet. Crappie are in all three phases from super shallow out to 30 feet and all in between; use grubs, jigs, live bait and crankbaits. Walleye are scattered as well eating good all over. Try live baits, crawlers, minnows, grubs, flukes and drop-shots. They’re found from super shallow out to 25 feet. All species of black bass here are on same trend; use what you are comfortable catching on and/or use something you’re not good at catching on and learn, Tommy suggests. “The good bite will continue until late June as well,” he says. Bream are really heating up all over on crawlers, crickets, small crankbaits and inline spinners. Catfish are real good all over as well. In the photo, Bret Ballard of Edgemont, Arkansas, is shown late in the day with a couple of the nice white bass he caught on the lake with Tommy recently.
(updated 4-8-2020) Fish ‘N’ Stuff (501-834-5733) in Sherwood says the lake is 3 feet high, and the water is stained to clear. Crappie are excellent. They are being caught in shallow water, around 5-8 feet depth. Best baits to catch them have been 1/8-ounce Blakemore Road Runners in white/chartreuse and pink/chartreuse colors. They’re biting around the brushpiles. Bass are excellent. They’re catching them with Carolina rigs in green pumpkin color in 10-12 feet and with peanut butter and jelly jigs at 7-8 feet. No reports on catfish or bream. Walleye are doing well on the humps using drop-shot nightcrawlers.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 465.60 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 462.54 feet msl).
(updated 4-1-2020) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake on Tuesday was at 465.22 feet msl and coming up. The Army Corps of Engineers is generating and it is keeping the water at bay somewhat, “but it jumps back going up when they let off. Expect the same in the week ahead.” (This picture of Bobby Defore holding this beautiful hybrid bass caught in the main lake is showing the lake is fishing well, as well as our main rivers and creeks.) Crappie catching is going on all over from super shallow out to 15-18 feet of water. Spring craw color jigs, minnows, crankaits, inline spinners and beetle spins working. Walleye are eating scattered all over the place – main lake, up the rivers and even already up in the bushes in parts of main lake as well. Swimbaits, flukes, grubs, crankbaits, jerkbaits and live bait are working. Bream are roaming around, feeding from super shallow out to 15 feet of water on a variety of baits. Catfish will eat right now, especially in areas with lots of inflow, as spring has sprung. Use your favorite baits for the cats. Some black bass are spawning, while some a long ways to go before they do, and lots are in between. “Just keep whatever you like to throw wet and you will get bit, as baits they like are changing hour by hour now. Lots of big fish are being caught, brown ones, black ones, spots, and meanmouth as well, from super shallow out to 30 feet of water,” Tommy reports. Hybrid bass and white bass are really chewing and being caught uprivers and certain places and certain patterns in main lake – grubs, inline spinners, swimbaits, topwaters and live bait are working. Most of the fish are wanting a horizontal technique rather than a vertical one right now, Tommy says.
(updated 4-1-2020) Fish ‘N’ Stuff (501-834-5733) in Sherwood says the lake is 2 feet high and “pretty clear.” Surface temperature is 55 degrees. Smallmouth bass are good on Carolina rigs, Gitzit bait in peanut butter and jelly color, and Finesses Jigs in peanut butter and jelly color. Largemouth bass are good on Senkos around the buckbrush. Crappie fishing is good on pink/chartreuse Blakemore Road Runners in 1/16-ounce weight. Fish around the bushes.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 463.03 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 462.54 feet msl).
(updated 3-25-2020) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 464.47 feet msl and rising; it is 2.43 feet above normal pool of 462.04 feet msl. “The overall catching is going good all over lake and rivers, and with forecasts for hotter weather it will be off the charts,” Tommy says. “We are open for business as usual, as with 20-foot boat you can practice social distancing for sure. Come get ya some fresh fish.”
Crappie are eating from supper shallow out to 30 feet and all in-between on jigs and minnows and small crankbaits, he says. Walleye are on the move all over lakes and rivers, spawning, post-spawn and pre-spawn. Drag crawlers, minnows, crankbaits and jerkbaits for best results. Catfish are making moves as well, from deep to shallow and all in-between, and can be caught various ways. “Black bass are chewing hard all over, just pick your poison from super shallow out to 40 feet,” he adds. Hybrid striped bass and white bass are in lakes and rivers and all in between from super shallow out to 40 feet. Grubs, spoons, inline spinners and Road Runners are working.
(updated 3-25-2020) Fish ‘N’ Stuff (501-834-5733) in Sherwood says the lake is stained in some places. The level is 2 feet high. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are both good. They can be found 10-15 feet deep. For the smallmouth, a jerkbait and peanut butter and jelly jigs will work. For largemouth, try a creature bait of floating worms used near the bushes in the shallows.