Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – June 8, 2016
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.75 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 6-8-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said said the water level is 462.75 feet msl, or 0.21 feet above normal pool of 462.54 feet for the June 1-Sept. 30 period.
All three species of the black basses are still not set up in their summertime mode yet as the water has still been a little cool and a lot are in between and some have gone back shallow to chase bream and shad. Spinnerbaits, small crankbaits and pitching baits as well as topwaters are working good for the shallow fish. Jigs, jighead worms and topwaters are working on the in-between fish, and C-rigs and Texas rigs are working for the deeper fish. The best summer ledge and brush pile bite is when the water will reach 80 degrees.
The crappie are suspended shallower than normal in 5-12 feet of water as the cooler weather has played a part as well, but they are still around pole timber, brush piles and docks.
The walleye bite should be OK dragging crawlers around in 12-18 down to 20 feet of water. On high sunny days use a crankbait as they will be suspended, you just have to hunt them.
The catfish bite has slowed for some reason, but try cut bait and live bait on jugs and lines or even rod and reels at night in 12-30 feet of water.
Bream will be spawning again on this moon coming up, and some are still guarding fry and can be caught on crickets, crawlers, small crankbaits and in-line spinners from real shallow out to 18 feet of water.
The hybrid and white bass are feeding well all over the lake chasing shad early and late and during generation periods. Try topwater baits, spoons, in-line spinners, hair jigs and live bait for the best action. The nighttime bite will pick up with some warmer weather.
(updated 5-25-2016) Cody Smith of Fish Greers Ferry guide service reports that the lake is starting to slowly settle into its summer pattern. Rising water over the past few weeks sent the first wave of offshore fish back to the bank; over the last week they have pushed back out and are setting up nicely on brush piles and Corps habitat. Surface temperatures are in the low 70s lake-wide with good water color and clarity. Shallow fish are highly pressured and seem to be scattered at best in shoreline cover. The walleye bite is good right now with a limit to a couple limits showing up with regularity. Fourteen to 22 feet around staging bluegills has been his best pattern. White bass and some hybrids are sporadically surfacing throughout the morning and evenings. The lack of baitfish in the reservoir is resulting in very little surface activity as there is not enough shad to push and corral.