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.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – September 14, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – September 14, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.55 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).

(updated 9-14-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the hybrid and white bass fishing is good all over the lake, as some are schooling and some are sitting on structure feeding off and on throughout the day on various baits including, but not limited to, topwater baits, in-line spinners, spoons and swimbaits. Find the bait and the fish will be close by.

The bass fishing is going pretty good shallow and out deeper; try spinnerbaits on windblown areas, topwater baits for schoolers, and the deeper fish can be caught with a C-rig and drop shot.

The catfish are feeding day and night all over the lake on just about any bait of your choosing and will continue to be good for a while.

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The walleye are eating at various times, especially under cloud cover, on flats in 12-28 feet of water, and some are following hybrids around eating what they spit up.

Bream fishing is good on crickets and crawlers.

The crappie are halfway into their fall feed; try a jig and/or minnows in 10-18 feet of water.

(updated 9-14-2016) Cody Smith of Fish Greers Ferry guide service reports the fall transition is underway on the reservoir. Water surface temperatures are ranging in the low to mid-80s depending on time of day and location on the lake. Summer high surface temps of 90 degrees have come and gone, look for a cooler rain to really spur on the lake’s shad and gamefish transition into more seasonal habitats and locations. Right now the fish are spread from one end of the spectrum to the other. Some of the gamefish and baitfish responded to the first cool off a couple weeks ago and went shallow in a hurry feeding on the newly acquired threadfin shad population while the deeper fish are still feeding on blue gills and crustaceans out in their summer haunts. Deeper locations are still holding a few quality bites while the shallow fish are moving a lot and hard to pattern on a multiday basis. Fast-moving baits with small baitfish profiles have been best for the skinny fish, while bulky bluegill patterns are working best for the ones out deep. The shad population is really ganged up in 10-18 feet of water and depending on time of day and location are harboring just about every species in the reservoir, but as mentioned are moving around a lot. Some crappie are moving to the mid-level brush piles while others are hanging in the creek channels feeding on bait as it transitions from in to out and out to in. Once the lake sees 78 degree surface temperatures, look for the bite to become much more consistent and days of catching will be the regular.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – September 7, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – September 7, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 464.41 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 9-7-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the hybrid and white bass bite are both good with some schooling fish doing their thing at various places and times all over the lake. Some are roaming and some are staying on structure. The spoon bite is really picking up as well as topwaters, in-line spinners and various other baits are working.

The bream are still doing well on crickets and crawlers in real shallow water out to about 20 feet now.

Catfish are more active than a couple of weeks ago. Use your favorite bait for whichever species you prefer close to deep water on flats.

The crappie are eating Road Runners and jigs, as well as minnows in the pole timber suspended in 10-18 feet of water.

Many walleye are roaming under the hybrids and white bass, eating what they spit up, but others are eating crawlers in 12-28 feet of water.

The bass fishing is picking up in the shallow water with the cooler weather on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs. The deeper fish can be caught with C-rigs and Texas rigs, as well as drop shots.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – August 3, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – August 3, 2016

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 7-27-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said black bass are for sure in their summer patterns and most are deep. With a few fish being shallow all year, the deeper fish can be caught on tubes, Texas rigged worms, C-rigs and deep diving crankbaits. The shallow fish will bite a spinnerbait if you have some wind, as well as small crankbaits and tube jigs.
The crappie are all sitting around pole timber or brush piles either suspended or on the bottom and can be caught 15-35 feet deep on minnows or jigs.
The catfish are eating a lot this time of year and can be caught on jugs, trotlines or rod and reels using live or prepared bait of your choice on flats next to deep water.
The bream have just come off another spawn and guarding fry. There are shallow beds and deep beds, and your better fish will be in 20-27 feet of water and can be caught on crickets or crawlers.
The walleye fishing is kind of rough this time of year; drag crawlers or crankbaits off of pea gravel banks in 24-30 feet of water for the best results.
The hybrid and white bass are schooling some on and off all day. Use topwater baits for these and/or flies; the fish that are down in 25-45 feet of water can be caught on spoons, in-line spinners fished vertical and swimbaits.

(updated 7-27-2016) Cody Smith of Fish Greers Ferry guide service reports Greers Ferry water levels are falling slightly with daily generation. Most all species are ranging in the 15-35 feet zone. Typically the deeper the better quality fish.
Hybrids are on the feed most mornings and afternoons here. Live bait along with casting and jigging spoons being best, and 30-40 is best with bait present. There are two to four different classes of thread fin shad depending on location on reservoir. The fish are focusing on them and the abundant blue gill population. Corps of Engineers habitat improvement areas are holding large numbers of assorted game fish.

Greers Ferry Fishing Report – June 15, 2016

Greers Ferry Fishing Report – June 15, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.30 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 6-15-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 462.29 feet and falling from evaporation, and generation it is 0.25 feet below normal pool of 462.54 feet.

The bream fishing is good all over the lake in and around bedding areas; try crickets and crawlers from 1 foot out to 18 feet of water.

The catfishing is good all over the lake as well on all three species. Rod and reels, jugs and trotlines are all working. Try using any cut or live bait for the best results.

The crappie are pretty much done spawning now and can be caught around pole timber or in or around brush piles suspended or on the bottom. Try using jig or jigs tipped with minnows in 15-25 feet of water.

The bass fishing is good on all four species on ledges, in and around brush piles or in the pole timber as well as humps and creek bends. Texas rigged worms, C-rigs, crankbaits and swimbaits are working as well as topwater baits. There are always fish shallow any time of year. Flip or pitch baits around bushes – topwater baits, or small crankbaits and, on some days, spinnerbaits.

The walleye bite is steady on certain areas of the lake with the right combination of things together in the water. They will be hanging out in 22-28 feet of water. If they are on the bottom, drag crawlers around; if not, use crankbaits for when they are suspended.

The hybrid and white bass are eating well on and off all day long. Some are schooling at different times as well. Use topwater baits for those and when they are down, concentrate in 25-40 feet of water using spoons, in-line spinners, swimbaits and live bait.