Fishing Report – January 16, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.82 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at greers ferry is falling with a lot of generation. The surface water temperature has been in the high 30s up to 44 degrees. The hybrid and white bass fishing is still going good and getting better every day. The edges of muddy and clear water are where the best bite will be on spoons, hair jigs in-line spinners and Alabama rigs. Try from 43 feet out to 70 feet the best results. Crappie are biting minnows and jigs; they are suspended in the pole timber and over bush piles 15-25 feet deep. Bass fishing hit a snag with the cold weather and muddy water, but is picking back up on bluff walls and out deep on Alabama rigs and crankbaits as well as a football head jigs and spoons. No report on bream. Walleye are on the move to he main feeders and smaller creeks. The walleye should be ready to drop eggs soon; try tolling crankbaits and using a grub, jerk bait or jig tipped with a minnow. No report on catfish.

Fishing Report – January 9, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.82 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 0.71 feet below normal pool and falling. The surface water temperature ranges from frozen over to 45 degrees. Hybrid and white bass are still eating well on shad in early staging areas part way up all rivers on humps and points. They’re also out deep in the main lake (up to 70 feet deep). The river fish are 40-48 feet and all are eating spoons, in-line spinners and hair jigs as well as swim baits and Alabama rigs. Crappie are biting on and off over brush piles and in the pole timber 18-25 feet deep over deeper water on minnows and jigs. The walleye are on the move and the first fish should be showing up in the rivers soon as the bigger females are ready to go. They may spawn as soon as 43 water temperature hits, try jerk baits,crankbaits,bream and minnows; the bite will be better on cloudy days with a slow presentation. Key on the sharp edges of breaks in the river. Bass fishing is good on Alabama rigs and crankbaits. Most bass are suspended, so focus on swimming an Alabama rig or crankbait through them. Some fish are on the bluffs, and can be caught on football head jigs and tube baits.
eff Mays of Anglers Outpost Guide Service (501-253-1905) had no report.