As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.85 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 462.04 feet msl Oct. 1-April 30; 463.04 feet msl May 1-June 1; 462.54 feet msl June 1-Sept. 30).
(update 8-30-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake was at 460.95 feet msl as of Tuesday, 1.59 feet below normal pool of 462.54 feet msl and falling. The lake may get a little rise out of the rainfall expected, but would not count on it.
The bass fishing continues to be good day and night, with spinnerbaits and small crankbaits in shallow water; jighead worms and jigs for the mid-range fish; and the deeper fish on Texas rigged worms-rigs. Use football head jigs, spinnerbaits and topwater plugs at night, and some topwater action is going on off and on all day.
The crappie are fat and eating well in 15-30 feet of water suspended, on minnows and jigs.
The catfishing is good all over the lake with some good fish coming in from real shallow water and others on the edge of deep water on a variety of baits.
No report on walleye.
Bream action is still good from real shallow water out to 27 feet or so on crickets and crawlers, with some artificial baits working up shallow.
The hybrid and white bass action is good all over the lake on top and on structure from 30-50 feet of water day and night. Use live bait, inline spinners, grubs, spoons, swimbaits and Alabama rigs.
(update 8-30-2017) Cody S. Smith of FishGreersFerry.com (501-691-5701) said unseasonably cool temperatures continue to dominate across north central Arkansas and the fish are responding well. Greers Ferry is at 461 feet and 1.5 feet low in comparison to normal pool at this time. Cooler weather and precipitation have back d our surface temperatures off from summer highs around 90 degrees. We had fallen off to the low 80s over the last couple of weeks with surface temps rebounding to the high 80s this past week. With our short and long term forecast looking to be much cooler than average temps look for the late summer early fall transition to really get going.
Fish and bait are starting to show up in good numbers much shallower than they have been over the last month. Most of our shad are utilizing 10-24 feet with select pods in 3-8 feet. These areas seem to be holding the highest concentrations of fish. Mixed bags continue for their guide boats on a daily basis; seven to nine different species on a single trip are being caught, and that will continue to be the norm right on into October. The lake gamefish have responded well to the shad stockings and the baitfish populations are on the rise. Their gamefish are stuffed full and look as good as Cody says he’s seen them in several years. With continued stocking efforts and habitat improvement projects Greers Ferry is well on its way to producing some really good bags for tournament and recreational anglers alike. Shad imitating baits along with live bait rigs are your best options for a great bite right now. Call Email or text to book your next great day on the lake. We specialize in making memories.