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 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.

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