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 – 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 – 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 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.