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!
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.
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