As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 468.28 feetmsl (normal conservation pool: 462.04 feetmsl Oct. 1-April 30; 463.04 feetmsl May 1-June 1; 462.54 feetmsl June 1-Sept. 30).
(updated 6-21-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 468.30 feet msl and falling from generation and evaporation. At this time they are generating 12 hours a day. It is 5.76 feet above normal pool of 462.54 feet and they will continue to generate until it’s at normal pool and/or for needs.
For the most part all species are in or getting in the summer habitat and will stay that way until the water starts to cool back off in the fall.
The crappie have fallen back out deeper now with the falling water and are around brush piles more and suspended in the pole timber 15-25 feet deep. Some will go as deep as 40 feet. Try using minnows and jigs fished vertically.
The catfish are eating well all over the lake on various baits day and night on various methods from rod and reel to trotlines and everything in between.
The bream are guarding young fry and eating just about anything that gets in front of them. Try crickets, crawlers and small crankbaits and in-line spinners.
The walleye are getting on out away from the old brush line and can be reached now without hanging up so much. Try dragging crawlers in 15-35 feet of water.
The bass fishing is still good and will be in the old brush line and right on the edges of it for a lot of roamers, and the rest are up out deep in 25-45 feet of water. Try topwater offerings shallow and C-rigs and Texas rigs out deep.
The hybrid and white bass bite continues to be good and will be good as they are good and healthy. It should be the best summer-and-into-fall bite the lake has had in a while. Use spoons, in-line spinners, and swimbaits for the best results in 25-45 feet of water, and there is a lot of schooling of both species going on the south end of the lake.
Arkansas has one of the largest state-owned fish hatchery systems in the nation, and the Game and Fish Commission’s Joe Hogan Hatchery at Lonoke has been growing fish almost as long as the commission has existed. The hatchery grows several species of fish, but the Lonoke facility is most well known for growing catfish.
For one weekend a year in Arkansas, folks 16 years of age and older aren’t required to have a fishing license or trout permit to fish The Natural State. Arkansas’s annual Free Fishing Weekend will run from noon Friday through midnight Sunday night. Children under 16 don’t need a license anytime to fish, but this special weekend is a perfect time for adults and kids to get out together on Arkansas’s water sources.
If you’re looking to get the kids on a near sure-thing fishing experience, Ben Batten, the AGFC’s assistant chief of Fisheries, suggests visiting one of the AGFC’s five fish hatcheries from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The hatcheries will be holding derbies for anglers 12 and under. Each child must be supervised by an adult. Kids may catch and keep up to three catfish (or three trout at the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery). In addition to fishing fun, participants also will be able to compete in casting contests and win prizes for fish caught.
Check out this video about Arkansas’s Free Fishing Weekend
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 470.29 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 462.04 msl).
(updated 6-7-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 470.20 feet and rising from recent rains. It is 7.66 feet above normal pool of 462.54 feet. It should start falling back down with in a couple of more days from generation.
All species of fish are eating it up.
The walleye are not as consistent as the rest, but that is the nature of the species. Try using crawlers on harness rigs, drop-shots and jigheads on rocky flats in 12-25 feet of water; if you catch one, more will be close.
The bream are bedding again with this moon coming and can be caught on small crankbaits, topwater poppers on fly rods, crawlers and crickets.
The catfish are eating all over the lake on a lot of different baits and presentations. The flat heads are spawning this month, so get out and fish for the most under-fished species on the lake.
The crappie are in the old brush line and in the pole timber, suspended for the most part, and around some brush piles that are the right depth, in 12-25 feet of water. Use jigs and jigs tipped with minnows for the best results.
The black bass are eating up shallow out to 42 feet. Shallow fish will eat buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, frogs and small crankbaits, while the deeper fish will eat a lot of different baits on the ball and chain and a football head.
The hybrid and white bass bite is going super strong, especially for big hybrids. A lot of fish in the 15-20 feet depth range are eating well. Try in-line spinners and spoons for your best catches.
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.