Fishing Report – April 10, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.53 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.50 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is .01 feet above normal pool and rising. The surface water temperature is 50-56 degrees and warming. Crappie are still hit-and-miss; try fishing in front of brush along steep banks on cloudy days and in tight to the wood on sunny days. Walleye have finished spawning in the river, but are slow getting back to the lake; the best bet right now for walleye is slowly dragging minnows on jigheads in 35-40 feet of water. No report on bream. Bass fishing is good with a lot of smaller males moving shallow to make beds. Female bass are sitting at the first drop to deeper water outside spawning flats, waiting for a little warmer water.Try spinnerbaits, jigs, chatterbaits and Alabama rigs on the first drop to deep water to target the larger fish. No report on catfish. White bass and hybrid bass can be caught up all rivers and creeks and some big hybrids in the main lake; try using grubs, jerk baits and in-line spinners.

Fishing Report – April 3, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.01 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.50 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is .05 feet below normal pool and falling. The surface water temperature ranges from the high 40s to the mid-50s. Hybrid and white bass fishing has been on and off again with the passing of these fronts. Try grubs, spoons, in-line spinners, small topwater baits and crankbaits. Crappie fishing is on and off as well, with some being right on the bank and some out to 40 feet as well as some in-between, try jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Walleye have slowed as the river run winds down. The better bite will pick up soon in the main lake as the lake walleye and river walleye get on the same places to feed; try dragging crawlers in 5 feet out to 20 feet. Bass fishing is good, but they aren’t following normal patterns much this year. Try Texas-rigged baits, jigs, Carolina rigs and Alabama rigs.

Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry is currently at normal pool and falling slightly with water releases at the dam. Water color is stained to partly stained on the north end with the south basin clearing rapidly (up to 10 feet of visibility in some locations). Water surface temperatures are ranging from 50-58 degrees depending on time and location on the reservoir. The bite on most all species is really picking up in most drains, creeks and main tributaries. Woody cover and buckbrush are holding some fish, while pole timber and cover adjacent to spawning locations are still harboring the majority of our game fish. White Bass are in full spawn up the rivers and can be caught on a variety of baits.

Fishing Report – March 27, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.20 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.50 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the anglers expo is this Friday and Saturday at Heber Springs, visit anglersexpo.com for more information. The water level at Greers Ferry is 0.01 feet below normal pool and is falling. The surface water temperature is 48-56 degrees depending on time of day, location and weather. Hybrid and white bass are on the move. Some are up the river; some males are upriver, but most females are only about halfway up. Cold fronts are keeping them back, but the warmer weather should kick it in high gear. Try grubs, small flies, in-line spinners and jerkbaits. Crappie are biting fairly well. They are beginning to move shallow as well. Many can be found 3 to 5 feet deep over brush and timber in 10 feet of water. A few crappie are still suspended out in 25 to 30 feet of water in the pole timber. Walleye are almost finished spawning upriver. Try trolled crank baits, Rattling Rogues and jigs tipped with minnows on humps, points and rip rap banks between upriver spawning areas and the main lake. Bass fishing is catching fire with a lot of different baits working. Most fish are shallow or are moving that way. Try spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits, Alabama rigs, Carolina rigs and jigs.

Fishing Report – March 20, 2014

Greers Ferry

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.76 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is above normal pool and rising. The surface water temperature is in the high 40s to low 50s. Bass fishing is getting better by the hour, with many small males moving from deep water to areas near spawning flats. The warm rain should have the surface temperature rising quickly and kicking things in gear for prespawn feeding in the shallows. Concentrate on water from 12 feet deep to right up on the bank if there’s some wind blowing on it. Wiggle Warts, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, football head jigs and finesse worms are key baits for this time of year. Walleye fishing is on and off with a lot of fish getting done up the rivers and moving back to the lake. Some stragglers will still be caught upriver on grubs. crankbaits, drop shot rigs and jerk baits. Crappie fishing is on again and off again. Some fish are still out as deep as 40 feet, but they are beginning to move shallower (suspended 3 or 4 feet deep over 10 feet of water). The shallow fish are still scattered, and are not locked on to any cover, so finding them can be tricky. Try using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows, for the best success. Hybrids and white bass are eating grubs, Rinky Dinks, in-line spinners,spoons and crankbaits all over the lake from 15-50 feet deep, try and stay around the shad for the best bite.

Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said the water is rising. Surface water temperatures took a hit last week and fell several degrees, but will rebound quickly with a little stain in the water. Fishing should take right back off before the next cool down and the rain. White bass and hybrid fishing will really pick up in staging areas. Look for schools of them on your graph halfway up Devils Fork and 2/3 up Middle Fork. These fish are in hanging out in depths of 8 to 15 feet of water. Fish Dinner Lures jigging spoons, inline spinners and small swim baits are producing well.
Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Guide Service (501-253-1905) said recent rains have brought the lake up about 2 feet in the last 48 hours to about normal pool. This increase dropped the temperature 2 degrees to 47.6 in the upper part of the lake. Fishing is still good with crappie and white bass moving into and around spawning areas in the tributaries. Crappie can be caught in the pole timber in 20-26 feet of water slowly trolling minnows and jigs 4-8 feet deep. White bass and walleye should be heading into the Johnson Hole on the South Fork of the Little Red River in numbers.

Fishing Report – March 13, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.20 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 2.35 feet below normal pool and is rising slowly. The surface water temperature is in the 40s for the most part. Hybrids and white bass are on the move to staging flats in the mouths of rivers and beyond, eating and waiting on things to get right to make a big move upriver. Try spoons,in-line spinners, grubs, Alabama rigs, crankbaits and swim baits. Crappie are sporadic, with being different concerning location, depth and preferred lure. They’ve been caught as shallow as 4 feet deep one day, only to be found the next at 40 feet deep. Walleye are in the rivers and creeks and both males and females are being caught on crankbaits, grubs and minnows.The bass fishing is getting better on Wiggle Warts, jerk baits, Alabama rigs and Rat-L-Traps.

White Bass by Rob Pos

White Bass by Rob Pos

Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry water temperatures range from 41 to 47 degrees. Largemouth and spotted bass are biting fairly well to well in a few areas. Crappie are slow to moderate with daily catch rates being 4 to 10 fish per angler. The upper three tributaries are definitely providing the most consistent bite thus far on most all species. As we get some warmer rain and the lower end climbs a couple of degrees look for the bite to explode on the south end with another great spring of smallmouth fishing.
Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Guide Service (501-253-1905) said the reservoir is a few feet low with water temps at 47-49.7; approaching the magic 50-degree mark. Fish are reacting by moving into tributaries and staging in a pre-spawn pattern. Whites and crappies are starting to bite in 23-35 feet of water on minnows and jigs trolled slowly. Some days produce 8-10, while other days are considerably slower. Once the temperatures get to about 52, more success will be expected. Great fishing is just ahead.