Fishing Report – March 13, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.20 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 2.35 feet below normal pool and is rising slowly. The surface water temperature is in the 40s for the most part. Hybrids and white bass are on the move to staging flats in the mouths of rivers and beyond, eating and waiting on things to get right to make a big move upriver. Try spoons,in-line spinners, grubs, Alabama rigs, crankbaits and swim baits. Crappie are sporadic, with being different concerning location, depth and preferred lure. They’ve been caught as shallow as 4 feet deep one day, only to be found the next at 40 feet deep. Walleye are in the rivers and creeks and both males and females are being caught on crankbaits, grubs and minnows.The bass fishing is getting better on Wiggle Warts, jerk baits, Alabama rigs and Rat-L-Traps.

White Bass by Rob Pos

White Bass by Rob Pos

Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry water temperatures range from 41 to 47 degrees. Largemouth and spotted bass are biting fairly well to well in a few areas. Crappie are slow to moderate with daily catch rates being 4 to 10 fish per angler. The upper three tributaries are definitely providing the most consistent bite thus far on most all species. As we get some warmer rain and the lower end climbs a couple of degrees look for the bite to explode on the south end with another great spring of smallmouth fishing.
Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Guide Service (501-253-1905) said the reservoir is a few feet low with water temps at 47-49.7; approaching the magic 50-degree mark. Fish are reacting by moving into tributaries and staging in a pre-spawn pattern. Whites and crappies are starting to bite in 23-35 feet of water on minnows and jigs trolled slowly. Some days produce 8-10, while other days are considerably slower. Once the temperatures get to about 52, more success will be expected. Great fishing is just ahead.

Fishing Report – March 6, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.51 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 2.67 feet below normal pool and falling. The surface water temperature is 38 to 42 degrees and will began to rise in the next few days with warmer weather. The hybrid and white bass are on and off every day; concentrate in the 25-70 foot range with spoons and in-line spinners. Stay around the shad, and you’ll find the fish. Bass are hit and miss as well, but a few can be caught around creek bends,45 degree banks or at the ends of long deep points. Try crankbaits, jerk baits. Alabama rigs, grubs and football heads and Carolina rigs for the best action. Crappie are getting better and better every day. Try jigs and jigs tipped with minnows in the creek arms and the standing pole timber. Some crappie are as shallow as 3 to 4 feet suspended over 20 feet. Most are in the pole timber suspended in 25 to 40 feet over 60 feet of water. Walleye should be bunched up this year with the low water level. Some males are being caught in various places upriver on jerk baits, grubs and crankbaits. No report on bream or catfish.

(Updated 2-26-2014) Cody Smith  said Greers Ferry water temperatures range from 41 to 47 degrees. Largemouth and spotted bass are biting fairly well to well in a few areas. Crappie are slow to moderate with daily catch rates being 4 to 10 fish per angler. The upper three tributaries are definitely providing the most consistent bite thus far on most all species. As we get some warmer rain and the lower end climbs a couple of degrees look for the bite to explode on the south end with another great spring of smallmouth fishing.
Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Guide Service (501-253-1905) said water temps are in the low 40s, and the fish have not really moved into an early spring pattern yet. Crappie are holding in the timber with a few suspending in the creek channel. Slow trolling and long lining will produce a few, but another 2-3 weeks will be better fishing. Whites and walleyes seem to be bunched in the first 40-foot’ holes down tributaries. Everything is about to happen, but not quite yet!

Fishing Report – February 27, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.51 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is falling and is 2.02 feet below normal pool. It is impossible to get to upper reaches of rivers because of water level. Be very careful trying to get into walleye and white bass run water until the lake comes up. The surface water temperature on the upper end is 38 degrees, and 48 degrees in the rivers. Some male walleye are being taken upriver, but we need some warmer water before the action really picks up. They can be caught on grubs, jerk baits and crankbaits. Bass fishing is pretty good on some days on Wiggle Warts, jerk baits, Alabama rigs, Rat-L-Traps and jigs out deeper, try your luck in 15-30 feet of water around shad. Crappie are biting in about 40 feet of water suspended in the pole timber on minnows and jigs tipped with minnows. White and hybrid bass are hit and miss around the shad; use spoons, in-line spinners, hair jigs and swim baits, use your electronics and can even watch for birds working an area, try depths of 28-70 feet.

 Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry water temperatures range from 41 to 47 degrees. Largemouth and spotted bass are biting fairly well to well in a few areas. Crappie are slow to moderate with daily catch rates being 4 to 10 fish per angler. The upper three tributaries are definitely providing the most consistent bite thus far on most all species. As we get some warmer rain and the lower end climbs a couple of degrees look for the bite to explode on the south end with another great spring of smallmouth fishing.
Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Guide Service (501-253-1905) said water temps are in the low 40s, and the fish have not really moved into an early spring pattern yet. Crappie are holding in the timber with a few suspending in the creek channel. Slow trolling and long lining will produce a few, but another 2-3 weeks will be better fishing. Whites and walleyes seem to be bunched in the first 40-foot’ holes down tributaries. Everything is about to happen, but not quite yet!