Fishing Report – February 20, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.56 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water temperature is on the rise and should be in the mid 40s in a couple of days. White and hybrid bass are biting well all over the lake with some good catches coming in around the shad in 40-70 feet of water; try spoons, in-line spinners, swim baits and hair jigs. Crappie are biting well; they are suspended in the pole timber and over brush piles in 10-25 feet of water on jigs tipped with minnows. Bass fishing hit or miss on Rat-L-Traps, Alabama rigs, jigs, swim baits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits on main lake points, creek bends and bluffs. After the next warm rain, there should be a good push to shallow water. Walleye waters have been froze over. River fish should be more active now, and a few males should be caught soon; try minnows or bream, crankbaits, grubs and jerk baits. No report on bream or catfish.

Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry surface water temperatures at the Narrows ranges from the upper 30s to near 46 degrees (46 is the warmest I have seen anywhere on the lake). Fish are currently hanging on to their winter haunts and have yet to make any significant push toward spring locations. We should see a major wave of fish coming shallow with this week’s temperatures and predicted weather.

Fishing Report – February 13, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.56 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is falling with generation, and the surface temperature is 32-39 degrees and rising. Bass fishing is pretty good on Alabama rigs out deep as well as football head jigs or a grub swam through pole timber. Hybrids and white bass bite have slowed some, but are still good. Stay around the shad in staging areas and you should find the hybrids and whites. Walleye spawning areas are still frozen; you might be able to pick up a few along the way at some place. The warm rain should unfreeze the holes and the fishing should be good in a week or so. No report on bream, catfish or crappie.