Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 8, 2017

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 456.05 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).

(updated 3-1-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the lake water level is more than 6 feet below normal but on a slow rise as they are generating some. The fishing overall is good, and getting better. If you need a guide or map marking for your next tournament, visit Tommy’s website at or give him a call.

The crappie fishing and catching is good in or close to main channel in 40 feet of water using minnows or jigs.

No report on catfish.

The hybrid and white bass bite are both good with some topwater action as well with shad being pushed out onto the bank at various places around the lake. Use topwater baits; the deeper fish are in various places around shad in 25-45 feet of water, so for those use spoons, in-line spinners, swimbaits and hair jigs.

No report on bream.

The black bass are eating and very healthy, with all species eating well. A lot of them are ganged up in 25 feet of water in cuts in creeks and pockets, while some have moved shallow and some have stayed deep out to 45 feet. The shallow fish can be caught with traps, spinnerbaits and small crankbaits. The mid-fish can be caught with drop-shots-rigs, football heads, crankbaits and wacky rigs. The deeper fish are good on football head-rigs and spoons. A good jerkbait bite is developing as well for the mid-range fish, and the old standby wiggle wart is working as well.

The walleye are eating on certain days, with the river fish trying to spawn. There’s a rumor swirling of a 12-pounder caught down in the lake. Try using live bait on a C-rig, drop-shot or grub, jerkbaits and crankbaits for the best results.

(updated 3-1-2017) Cody Smith of Fish Greers Ferry guide service reports Greers Ferry is 7 feet below power pool and stable with very little generation and in flow. The reservoir has surface temperatures ranging 48-58 degrees depending on location and time of day. Cody says that while they have been primarily focusing on crappie, most all species are where they should be for this time of year. The crappie bite has been excellent while single poling minnows in 22-45-feet of water fishing 11-18 feet deep. Long-lining has also been productive in these same locations; hair seems to be out-fishing plastics at this time. All three species of bass are scattered in 5-20-feet of water and are willing to take a variety of baits. Sporadic surfacing fish can be found throughout the midmorning to early afternoon hours. Small pods of game fish are pushing our new population of threadfins up and out of the water, an extremely rare sight this early in the year. Shad imitations are your best bet for catching these fish while they’re active. Look for the shallow bite to really explode over the next couple of weeks and especially around the coming full moon. Call, text or message to book your spring fishing adventure on Greers Ferry. Check them out on Facebook for the most updated reports and fishing trip pics. Good Fishin’.

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