As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 470.87 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl Oct. 1-April 30; 463.04 msl May 1-June 1; 462.54 msl June 1-Sept. 30).
(updated 5-24-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 470.84 feet msl. It’s coming up and going down with generation and is 8.3 feet above normal pool of 462.54 feet msl. The catching on the lake is good all over and will continue to be until it gets super-hot.
The walleye are in places that are hard to fish, on the inside and outside of the old bush line. Try dragging crawlers close to those on pea gravel flats.
As for bream, most are pretty shallow out to 12 feet eating small crankbaits, crawlers and crickets very well.
The crappie are hanging around the old bush line as well and in the standing pole timber grouped up and can be caught on beetle spins, jigs and minnows in 12-15 feet of water.
The black bass fishing is good on topwater baits, buzzbaits, flukes, crankbaits and spinnerbaits shallow. Most of the fish that went out deep have moved back shallow until the water gets warmer.
The hybrid and white bass are feeding off and on all day, and the generation helps as well as wind. Use spoons, in-line spinners, swimbaits and Alabama rigs. Stay around the shad in 25-45 feet of water for the best results.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 469.95 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 5-10-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 470.03 feet and has just about leveled off it is more than 8 feet above normal pool, and we will remain over pool for a while.
The bass fishing is good all over the lake with lots of small fish seeming to be the norm at present. But the bigger fish are in kind of a post-spawn funk. The bigger fish bite should pick back up over the next few days as they get acclimated to the rise and move back shallow to feed. Try buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, soft plastics, jigs and swimbaits, or a gizit now in the old shore line, or use a Carolina rig out in front. A lot of fish are being picked up around the shad spawn as well.
The bream are bedding; use crickets, crawlers and small crankbaits.
The crappie are holding in the old bush line and around any wood, and they’re eating minnows and jigs.
Catfishing is very good overall all over the lake on jugs, trotlines and with rod and reel, on a variety of baits.
Walleye are a little slow as they are getting acclimated as well after the rise, and when it clears, the bite will be good on crawlers drug around in bald spots on pea gravel points and humps.
The hybrid and white bass bite is good around the shad spawn and in guts of creeks, points and humps in the lake. Look for clear water and shad, try in-line spinners, spoons, swimbaits and topwater lures.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 459.83 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 4-19-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry are falling with generation, and looks like it will continue to fall with work on the dam project. The fishing and or catching is good overall and will get even better with the more stable weather around the corner.
The crappie are in all three phases of spawn – some shallow, some deep and some even deeper. Try jigs and jigs tipped with minnows or a spring craw grub for your best results.
The walleye bite in the lake is picking up with crawlers and crankbaits, and a drop shot or jighead being the norm for this time of year on chunk rock flats.
The bass catching is good on all three species with a lot of 100 fish days on just about any bait you have in your tackle box at the right location for any given day or weather condition all over the lake.
The bream are moving up strong and can be caught with crankbaits, crawlers and crickets.
The hybrid and white bass are eating at various times all over the lake and rivers. Grubs, swimbaits, spoons, in-line spinners and live bait working as well.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.82 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 4-5-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is about a foot below normal pool. Work continues on the dam gates.
The bass fishing is good with a lot of fish being caught all over the water cilium and all depths, with fish in the bushes out to 30 feet. Use spinnerbaits, traps, jigs, C-rigs Texas rigs, wacky rigs, small crankbaits and flukes.
The bream are moving up as well and can be caught on small crankbaits, crawlers and crickets.
Catfish are being caught all over the lake as the blue bite is best with them being caught on cut bait.
The crappie have improved a lot and have moved up with the water level, and fisherman can target the fish better around the bushes in the rivers and main lake on minnows, small crankbaits and jigs.
The river walleye are finishing up and headed out on their journey back to the lake. The lake fish will be more active from now until June as they will try and spawn in the lake. Use jigs tipped with minnows, grubs and the like on drop-shots, and use crankbaits as well.
The hybrid and white bass fishing is good all over the lake as a bunch of whites have spawned and some hybrids are trying to eat their young up the rivers and dump their eggs. The rest are in the lake trying to dump their eggs around the shoreline bushes, while a lot of the lake whites have moved into the smaller creeks and the rest of the fish are on structure. Use grubs, flies, in-line spinners and topwater baits for the river and creek fish; use spoons, in-line spinners and swimbaits for the others.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.20 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 3-22-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 459.84 feet and rising, and Tommy says it looks like it may make normal pool before it is over in a few days, especially with more rain coming. The Heber Springs Expo is this weekend at the event center; there will be lots of tackle for sale at bargains and lots of fishing seminars to learn more about fishing Greers Ferry Lake and just fishing in general, so come out this weekend and enjoy the show.
The river walleye are just about done spawning and a lot are already headed back to the lake. Now it will be the lake walleyes’ turn to try and spawn, and the time to start catching some numbers of fish. Try using a crankbait, drop-shots and jigheads tipped with a minnow or a grub or small Senko-style worm for best results.
No report on bream.
The bass fishing is good with a lot of fish being caught all over the water column on a variety of baits. Use spinnerbaits, small crankbaits, jigs, wacky rigs and jighead worms. The Rat-L-Trap bite is going strong as well.
The catfishing is good for the bigger fish, as a recent tournament for the best five fish weighed 210 pounds. For cats, use bream or cut bait for the best results all over the lake.
Crappie are spawning at various places and on the move as well. Use minnows and jigs in about 8 feet of water on do-nothing banks or around anything sticking up in the water.
The hybrid fishing and white bass fishing are good in the lake and rivers; use Rooster Tails, grubs, topwater baits, spoons or Road Runners for the best results from real shallow out to 35 feet of water.
(updated 3-15-2017) Cody Smith of Fish Greers Ferry guide service reports that the lake level is rising slowly.
Water surface temperatures have fallen back to the 51-52 degree range lake-wide after reaching the 57-58 degree range last week. This has, in turn, sent a lot of the gamefish that where moving shallow and staging for the spawn back out to greater depths. Our shad that where pushed to the middle and the back third of most major creeks and tributaries have also retreated to greater depths with the rapidly cooling water. With good inflow entering the lake it has brought cooler water but some much needed stain as well. These dirtier water areas will rebound quickly as the stained water will always warm more quickly than our clear water sections. I look for most all of our gamefish to reposition back shallow by next week with much warmer than average forecast on the way. We are still catching limits like we have been but we just have to relocate the same schools of fish most everyday while these dramatically colder temperatures persist.