Fishing Report – March 6, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.51 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 2.67 feet below normal pool and falling. The surface water temperature is 38 to 42 degrees and will began to rise in the next few days with warmer weather. The hybrid and white bass are on and off every day; concentrate in the 25-70 foot range with spoons and in-line spinners. Stay around the shad, and you’ll find the fish. Bass are hit and miss as well, but a few can be caught around creek bends,45 degree banks or at the ends of long deep points. Try crankbaits, jerk baits. Alabama rigs, grubs and football heads and Carolina rigs for the best action. Crappie are getting better and better every day. Try jigs and jigs tipped with minnows in the creek arms and the standing pole timber. Some crappie are as shallow as 3 to 4 feet suspended over 20 feet. Most are in the pole timber suspended in 25 to 40 feet over 60 feet of water. Walleye should be bunched up this year with the low water level. Some males are being caught in various places upriver on jerk baits, grubs and crankbaits. No report on bream or catfish.

(Updated 2-26-2014) Cody Smith  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 water temps are in the low 40s, and the fish have not really moved into an early spring pattern yet. Crappie are holding in the timber with a few suspending in the creek channel. Slow trolling and long lining will produce a few, but another 2-3 weeks will be better fishing. Whites and walleyes seem to be bunched in the first 40-foot’ holes down tributaries. Everything is about to happen, but not quite yet!

Fishing Report – February 27, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.51 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is falling and is 2.02 feet below normal pool. It is impossible to get to upper reaches of rivers because of water level. Be very careful trying to get into walleye and white bass run water until the lake comes up. The surface water temperature on the upper end is 38 degrees, and 48 degrees in the rivers. Some male walleye are being taken upriver, but we need some warmer water before the action really picks up. They can be caught on grubs, jerk baits and crankbaits. Bass fishing is pretty good on some days on Wiggle Warts, jerk baits, Alabama rigs, Rat-L-Traps and jigs out deeper, try your luck in 15-30 feet of water around shad. Crappie are biting in about 40 feet of water suspended in the pole timber on minnows and jigs tipped with minnows. White and hybrid bass are hit and miss around the shad; use spoons, in-line spinners, hair jigs and swim baits, use your electronics and can even watch for birds working an area, try depths of 28-70 feet.

 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 water temps are in the low 40s, and the fish have not really moved into an early spring pattern yet. Crappie are holding in the timber with a few suspending in the creek channel. Slow trolling and long lining will produce a few, but another 2-3 weeks will be better fishing. Whites and walleyes seem to be bunched in the first 40-foot’ holes down tributaries. Everything is about to happen, but not quite yet!

Fishing Report – February 20, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.56 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water temperature is on the rise and should be in the mid 40s in a couple of days. White and hybrid bass are biting well all over the lake with some good catches coming in around the shad in 40-70 feet of water; try spoons, in-line spinners, swim baits and hair jigs. Crappie are biting well; they are suspended in the pole timber and over brush piles in 10-25 feet of water on jigs tipped with minnows. Bass fishing hit or miss on Rat-L-Traps, Alabama rigs, jigs, swim baits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits on main lake points, creek bends and bluffs. After the next warm rain, there should be a good push to shallow water. Walleye waters have been froze over. River fish should be more active now, and a few males should be caught soon; try minnows or bream, crankbaits, grubs and jerk baits. No report on bream or catfish.

Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry surface water temperatures at the Narrows ranges from the upper 30s to near 46 degrees (46 is the warmest I have seen anywhere on the lake). Fish are currently hanging on to their winter haunts and have yet to make any significant push toward spring locations. We should see a major wave of fish coming shallow with this week’s temperatures and predicted weather.

Fishing Report – February 13, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.56 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is falling with generation, and the surface temperature is 32-39 degrees and rising. Bass fishing is pretty good on Alabama rigs out deep as well as football head jigs or a grub swam through pole timber. Hybrids and white bass bite have slowed some, but are still good. Stay around the shad in staging areas and you should find the hybrids and whites. Walleye spawning areas are still frozen; you might be able to pick up a few along the way at some place. The warm rain should unfreeze the holes and the fishing should be good in a week or so. No report on bream, catfish or crappie.

Fishing Report – February 6, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.27 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

(Updated 1-29-2014) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 0.99 feet below normal pool of 462.54 feet and the water temperature is 39 to 45 degrees. Bass fishing is improving every day with the longer days. Jerk baits, Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits are all working well. Alabama rigs are working on suspended fish; stay around the shad. Crappie are biting fairly well on Road Runners and jigs tipped with minnows in 18 to 30 feet of water, suspended in the pole timber. No report on catfish. Walleye fishing is just on the verge of getting good. Many are ready to spawn and some are still on the move upriver. A few good days of sun, and we should see some very good action. No report on bream.The hybrid and white bass bite is good on spoons and in-line spinners in and around all the major feeders on the lake in 43 to 47 feet of water.