Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 29, 2017

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.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 22, 2017

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 457.09 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).

(updated 3-15-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is rising and is less than 5 feet below normal pool. The temp has cooled somewhat – it is 52-56 degrees.
The walleye fishing is on and off with all the cold fronts. It’s hard to get to most of the river fish unless by foot. Some coming and going can be picked up in places, with a drop-shot or jighead tipped with a live bait. Grubs, crankbaits and rouges are working at times. Live bait for the lake fish is best in 25-40 of water.
The bass fishing is pretty good with fish being caught real shallow or in 25 feet and some out in 40 feet of water; try spinnerbaits, crankbaits, drop-shots, spoons-rigs and football heads. A Rat-L-Trap and wacky rigs are working as well.
The crappie are eating all over the lake suspended in 10-15 feet of water over the deepest water you can find, with some eating in the river channels on the bottom in 40 feet.
No report on catfish.
The hybrid and white bass bite is good all day at various times throughout the lake on spoons and in-line spinners. Some topwater action is going on as well. On tough days a swimbait or hair jig dead stuck is working the best.
No report on bream.

(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.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 8, 2017

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 456.05 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).

(updated 3-1-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the lake water level is more than 6 feet below normal but on a slow rise as they are generating some. The fishing overall is good, and getting better. If you need a guide or map marking for your next tournament, visit Tommy’s website at www.arfishfinder.net or give him a call.

The crappie fishing and catching is good in or close to main channel in 40 feet of water using minnows or jigs.

No report on catfish.

The hybrid and white bass bite are both good with some topwater action as well with shad being pushed out onto the bank at various places around the lake. Use topwater baits; the deeper fish are in various places around shad in 25-45 feet of water, so for those use spoons, in-line spinners, swimbaits and hair jigs.

No report on bream.

The black bass are eating and very healthy, with all species eating well. A lot of them are ganged up in 25 feet of water in cuts in creeks and pockets, while some have moved shallow and some have stayed deep out to 45 feet. The shallow fish can be caught with traps, spinnerbaits and small crankbaits. The mid-fish can be caught with drop-shots-rigs, football heads, crankbaits and wacky rigs. The deeper fish are good on football head-rigs and spoons. A good jerkbait bite is developing as well for the mid-range fish, and the old standby wiggle wart is working as well.

The walleye are eating on certain days, with the river fish trying to spawn. There’s a rumor swirling of a 12-pounder caught down in the lake. Try using live bait on a C-rig, drop-shot or grub, jerkbaits and crankbaits for the best results.

(updated 3-1-2017) Cody Smith of Fish Greers Ferry guide service reports Greers Ferry is 7 feet below power pool and stable with very little generation and in flow. The reservoir has surface temperatures ranging 48-58 degrees depending on location and time of day. Cody says that while they have been primarily focusing on crappie, most all species are where they should be for this time of year. The crappie bite has been excellent while single poling minnows in 22-45-feet of water fishing 11-18 feet deep. Long-lining has also been productive in these same locations; hair seems to be out-fishing plastics at this time. All three species of bass are scattered in 5-20-feet of water and are willing to take a variety of baits. Sporadic surfacing fish can be found throughout the midmorning to early afternoon hours. Small pods of game fish are pushing our new population of threadfins up and out of the water, an extremely rare sight this early in the year. Shad imitations are your best bet for catching these fish while they’re active. Look for the shallow bite to really explode over the next couple of weeks and especially around the coming full moon. Call, text or message to book your spring fishing adventure on Greers Ferry. Check them out on Facebook for the most updated reports and fishing trip pics. Good Fishin’.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – February 15, 2017

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 454.89 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 2-15-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is staying fairly steady, but more than 6.5 feet below normal for this time of year. It is looking like the lake will stay low for a while with no big rains forecast. It will change the way to approach the bite here on the lake in several ways, good and bad.

The walleye are on the move and scattered all over the lake and rivers. Try using a jighead tipped with a minnow or a minnow imitation, or a C-rig tipped with a bream, or a drop-shot rig with a grub or minnow for the best results, or a crankbait if the area is conductive for it in 15-40 feet of water.

The crappie have spawning on their mind with the longer days. They will probably have to spawn on stumps and pole timber limbs this year with the low water. Try beetle spins or grubs in the spring craw color or live bait on jigheads, in 10-40 feet of water.

No report on bream.

The bass fishing is pretty fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, C-rigs, football heads and wacky rigged Cinkos. The bass are scattered from real shallow out to 70 feet of water.

No report on catfish.

The hybrid and white bass are eating well all over the lake on spoons, in-line spinners, swimbaits, Alabama rigs, and hair jigs, in 25-70 feet of water.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – February 1, 2017

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 455.36 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 2-2-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is still almost 7 feet below normal pool staying pretty steady at present. The fishing and catching is good here and will improve every day as the sun warms the water and the days are getting longer.

The hybrid and white bass bite is good on spoons, in-line spinners, swimbaits and hair jigs from 25-70 feet deep. Look for shad and the fish will be close.

Some walleye are eating upriver now as the river run fish will be spawning soon; try drop-shots with minnows, crankbaits, jerkbaits and grubs. The lake fish will eat the same just deeper on the edges of cuts and humps and points.

No report on catfish.

The crappie are suspended in 15-40 feet and some are on the bottom in 40 feet. Minnows and jigs are working, as well as beetle spins for the suspended fish.

No report on bream other than a few being picked up around the crappie.

The bass fishing is good deep and shallow, and around brush piles up in the shallow water. Use spinnerbaits, crankbaits and small jigs in the warmer water; mid-depths use jighead worms and football heads; and the deeper fish use a C-rigged lizard or Cinko and a football head. Fish can be caught out to 70 feet.