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.

Free fly-fishing classes set for Heber Springs

Some of the regular contributors to the weekly Fishing Report who keep everyone up to date on the state’s trout fishing opportunities also provide the chance for trout novices or anyone else who wants to expand their horizons to learn how to fish for trout and to learn to tie flies for casting on the trout waters. One of those is Greg Seaton of Little Red Fly Fishing Trips, who has a free fly-fishing class set for February.
Seaton says the four consecutive weeks of classes begin Thursday, Feb. 16, and will run each Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Heber Springs. The class is open to all beginning and novice fly-fishing enthusiasts (older youths and adults). Younger youths are welcome if accompanied by an adult. No fishing tackle is required, but if anyone has a question about their personal rod, reels or flies, bring them to the class and Seaton will answer any questions. The class will be held at church’s Family Life Center.
Those planning to attend should contact Seaton in advance (call 501-690-9166 or visit his website) to reserve a spot. If you cannot attend all the classes, Seaton still urges you to register and feel free to attend the classes you can. There is no cost for the classes.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – January 11, 2017

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 455.18 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).

(updated 1-11-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry is at 455.23 feet msl and it is almost 7 feet below normal pool for this time of year, as they are working on the dam. The temperature is around 45 degrees.

The black bass fishing is going good on spinnerbaits and small crankbaits for the shallow. Use C-rigs and football head jigs for the deeper fish as well as a drop-shot rig. The fish in between can be caught with the same as the deep fish and some bigger crankbaits coming in to play. Look for bait on points and humps, and concentrate in 25-40-foot range.

No report on bream.

The catfish are eating jugs and lines baited with crawfish and dog food.

The crappie fishing is on and off day to day, with the best action around some wood, whether it be pole timber or brush piles. Most will be suspended in the 25-45-foot range and minnows and jigs working best.

Walleye are eating in the clearer areas of the lake better than the rest on small jigs. Also try drop-shots and minnows on the bottom in the 40-45 foot range; some up by and in the rivers may be shallower on certain days.

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