As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 454.89 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 2-15-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is staying fairly steady, but more than 6.5 feet below normal for this time of year. It is looking like the lake will stay low for a while with no big rains forecast. It will change the way to approach the bite here on the lake in several ways, good and bad.
The walleye are on the move and scattered all over the lake and rivers. Try using a jighead tipped with a minnow or a minnow imitation, or a C-rig tipped with a bream, or a drop-shot rig with a grub or minnow for the best results, or a crankbait if the area is conductive for it in 15-40 feet of water.
The crappie have spawning on their mind with the longer days. They will probably have to spawn on stumps and pole timber limbs this year with the low water. Try beetle spins or grubs in the spring craw color or live bait on jigheads, in 10-40 feet of water.
No report on bream.
The bass fishing is pretty fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, C-rigs, football heads and wacky rigged Cinkos. The bass are scattered from real shallow out to 70 feet of water.
No report on catfish.
The hybrid and white bass are eating well all over the lake on spoons, in-line spinners, swimbaits, Alabama rigs, and hair jigs, in 25-70 feet of water.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 455.36 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 2-2-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is still almost 7 feet below normal pool staying pretty steady at present. The fishing and catching is good here and will improve every day as the sun warms the water and the days are getting longer.
The hybrid and white bass bite is good on spoons, in-line spinners, swimbaits and hair jigs from 25-70 feet deep. Look for shad and the fish will be close.
Some walleye are eating upriver now as the river run fish will be spawning soon; try drop-shots with minnows, crankbaits, jerkbaits and grubs. The lake fish will eat the same just deeper on the edges of cuts and humps and points.
No report on catfish.
The crappie are suspended in 15-40 feet and some are on the bottom in 40 feet. Minnows and jigs are working, as well as beetle spins for the suspended fish.
No report on bream other than a few being picked up around the crappie.
The bass fishing is good deep and shallow, and around brush piles up in the shallow water. Use spinnerbaits, crankbaits and small jigs in the warmer water; mid-depths use jighead worms and football heads; and the deeper fish use a C-rigged lizard or Cinko and a football head. Fish can be caught out to 70 feet.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 455.18 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 1-11-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry is at 455.23 feet msl and it is almost 7 feet below normal pool for this time of year, as they are working on the dam. The temperature is around 45 degrees.
The black bass fishing is going good on spinnerbaits and small crankbaits for the shallow. Use C-rigs and football head jigs for the deeper fish as well as a drop-shot rig. The fish in between can be caught with the same as the deep fish and some bigger crankbaits coming in to play. Look for bait on points and humps, and concentrate in 25-40-foot range.
No report on bream.
The catfish are eating jugs and lines baited with crawfish and dog food.
The crappie fishing is on and off day to day, with the best action around some wood, whether it be pole timber or brush piles. Most will be suspended in the 25-45-foot range and minnows and jigs working best.
Walleye are eating in the clearer areas of the lake better than the rest on small jigs. Also try drop-shots and minnows on the bottom in the 40-45 foot range; some up by and in the rivers may be shallower on certain days.
The hybrid and white bass are eating well all over the lake on spoons, in-line spinners, hair jigs and swimbaits. Look for bait and schools of fish in 25-70 feet of water.
Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – December 14, 2016
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 456.77 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 12-14-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 456.86 feet and falling it is 5 feet below normal pool and the lake is going through a turnover, so it will be about 2 weeks getting over this and the catching should be real good again all over the lake until it gets super cold, and that will be the only thing that slows the bite.
The bass fishing is still good ahead and behind the turnover on spinnerbaits, small crankbaits, football heads and C-rigs as well as a wacky rigged Right Bite Cinko, from real shallow water out to about 40 feet.
The crappie are floating around suspended mostly in 5-18 feet of water around any wood and are biting jigs and minnows as well as Road Runners.
The bream have slowed but some can be caught in about 27 feet on a drop-shot with a cricket or crawler.
The turnover has turned off the catfish, but they should return to eating on points and edges of flats after it is finished and will be in 25-35 feet of water biting just about any of your favorite baits.
The walleye, Tommy has been told, are eating up the rivers pretty good on staged places from the mouth up about halfway on live bait. The lake fish are scattered with the turnover and some can be caught dragging a minnow on a drop-shot rig in 25-40 feet of water. Some have even gone shallow and can be caught on a jighead worm and C-rig.
The hybrid and white bass are eating well on the outskirts of the turnover as well on top and down, off and on all day. They’re hitting topwater baits, spoons, in-line spinners, swimbaits and hair jigs down to 25-40 feet of water. After the turnover, look for some to be hanging out in the 70-foot range.
Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – December 7, 2016
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 457.53 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 12-7-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake was at 457.73 feet and falling on Tuesday, almost 4 feet below normal pool for this time of year. The fishing is good overall, though not many people have been out with hunting season and the holidays in full swing, but if you get a chance to you’ll experience some of the best catching that goes on here at this time of the year. Cauley says it will remain good until it gets real, real cold, so come and enjoy the sincerity and beauty of God’s country.
The hybrid and white bass are eating very well all over the lake on top and down on structure and can be caught with spoons, in-line spinners, swimbaits and hair jigs, as well as topwater baits. Find the shad and the fish will be close, typically now in 25-70 feet of water.
The bream are slow and getting slower; try crickets and crawlers in 24-27 feet of water on a drop shot.
The crappie are eating minnows and jigs about 10-25 feet suspended in and around timber or brush piles.
The walleye are eating spoons, crankbaits and crawlers dragged real slowly in 25-40 feet of water around the shad. The catfish are eating on the edge of flats real close to deep water on a variety of baits. If they are not on the flat you’re fishing, bait with some dog food and that will draw them in.
The bass fishing is good all over the lake both shallow and deep. Use topwater baits, spinnerbaits or small crankbaits around stump flats. Also drag C-rigs and football heads for the deeper fish 25-40 feet for the best catches.