Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 28, 2018

Greers Ferry Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 463.02 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 462.04 feet msl Oct. 1-April 30; 463.04 feet msl May 1-June 1; 462.54 feet msl June 1-Sept. 30).

(updated 3-28-2018) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said that as of 2:14 pm Tuesday, Greers Ferry Lake was at 462.58 feet msl and falling. It is 0.54 feet above normal pool for a few hours as the rain that was starting to fall heavy will add water to the lake. The Army Corps of Engineers is wanting to keep it 1 foot above normal pool if they can. We should get a rise of about 3 feet from this rain if forecasts hold.

The catching overall is good around the lake, about normal for this time of year, as rains and cold fronts affect the overall bite and spawn.

The black bass are eating a variety of baits from super shallow out to 45 feet, as some stay shallow all year and some have moved shallower now. They can be caught with spinnerbaits, bladed jigs, small crankbaits and jigs in shallow water; spinnerbaits, jighead worms and jigs at mid-depth; and Carolina rigs and football heads as well as spoons in deep water.

As for crappie, some are shallow, some are mid-depth and some are still deep. Use jigs or jigs tipped with minnows for most of them; all the deeper fish can be caught in the pole timber slow-rolling a beetle spin.

The catfish bite is picking up, Tommy says he’s been told, all around the lake.

The hybrid bass and white bass are on and off hour to hour. Some whites have spawned while others have not. Some hybrids are scattered in rivers and creeks, and the rest are staying in lake. The deep bite is more constant at best with spoons, inline spinners and Alabama rigs; for the shallow fish, grubs, inline spinners and small swimbaits are working best.

Some walleye are still being caught in the rivers as they are not all done spawning and the lake fish have picked up as well with the clearing water. Stay in the lake for now, then when mud gets there go back to the rivers. Until it happens again, try crankbaits, grubs, jigheads with minnow, drop-shots with small minnow imitation or grubs for the best bite in the lake or rivers.

Bream are being seen floating around docks and some even shallow. Try small crankbaits, grubs or crickets

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – October 5, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – October 5, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.05 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 10-5-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 461.08 feet and falling. It is 1.43 feet below normal pool of 462.54 feet. The surface temperature is in the high 70s to mid-80s.

The hybrid and white bass are eating pretty good all day around 35 feet and some are blowing up on top from time to time. They are even eating with no wind, which is uncommon; try using in-line spinners for the suspended fish and spoons for the bottom feeders and, of course, topwater baits for the schoolers.

Lots of black bass are in 35 feet and the rest are scattered to the bank; use C-rigs, topwater baits, spinnerbaits and small crankbaits.

No reports on walleye.

The bream action is good with them guarding fry; use crickets, crawlers and small crankbaits.

The crappie fishing is getting better with the cooler water as well, with the fish eating in 10-18 feet of water on jigs and minnows.

The catfishing is good all over the lake with a variety of baits.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – August 24, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – August 24, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 466.04 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).

(updated 8-24-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 466.02 feet, which is 3.48 feet above normal pool of 462.54 feet and rising it has come up about 5½ feet. Unless its gets super-hot it should stay up through the fall, which would be out of the norm and anglers will have to do a little different thinking for the fall bite.

The black bass fishing is getting better by the day as new fish have come up with the water and cooler weather and water temperature. Use spinnerbaits, jigs and soft plastics. Use topwater plugs up in shallow water around the bushes. The deeper and in-between fish can be caught on C-rig, Texas rig, football head and jighead worms, etc. out to 30 feet of water.

The crappie are hanging around 10-25 feet of water, eating jigs and minnows around any wood, brush piles, pole timber, etc.

The bream will be spawning again with the next full moon, so fish real shallow out to about 27 feet of water with crawlers and crickets.

The walleye will eat crawlers and minnows and crankbaits in 12-27 feet of water.

The catfishing is going to be good all fall with a lot of fish moving shallow as well with the new stuff in the water. Use jugs, trotlines and rods and reels, with cut bait and live bait as well as prepared bait, on flats close to deep water.

The hybrid and white bass are coming to the top at different time of the day all over the lake and roaming or hanging around structure the rest of time as they are feeding pretty good. They will continue to do so with the bite getting better every day. Use topwater baits, swimbaits, spoons, in-line spinners and hair jigs for the best catching as well as live bait, but artificial seems to be out-catching again now.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – August 10, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – August 10, 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 8-10-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 459.84 feet and falling with generation and evaporation it is 2.7 feet below normal pool of 462.54 feet.

The bream fishing is picking back up with the full moon coming, and will continue to be good use crickets in 10-28 feet of water on a drop shot on flats for your best results.
The crappie are eating minnows and jigs in 18-30 feet of water around any wood.
The black bass are eating well on threadfin. Some are busting pretty good at different times all over the lake and most of the others can be caught off shore in about 40 feet of water on jigs. Texas rigged worms and C-rigs as well as drop-shot rigs are best. The shallow fish can be caught using spinnerbaits, small crankbaits and jighead worms.
The catfishing is good all over the lake as it is really an untapped resource, using a variety of homemade or live baits.
The walleye fishing is in a small lull window but should pick up with the cool rain and water temperature falling; try dragging crawlers in 24-40 feet of water on the bottom or with a drop-shot rig. The hybrids and white bass are going good at different times of the day; find the bait and the fish will be close by. Some are schooling and that is really going to pick up more real soon with the abundance of threadfin shad. And for the fish that are down, use spoons, in-line spinners and swimbaits – and, of course, live bait will work at times. Pay close attention to the wind as it will help the current.

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.