Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – August 17, 2016

 Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – August 17, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 463.48 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).

(updated 8-17-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 463.38 feet it is 0.84 feet above normal pool of 462.54 feet and has risen 3.54 feet as it has been 2.7 feet under pool before the rain. The black bass fishing has improved with a lot of fish moving back shallow and being easier to catch on topwater baits, spinnerbaits and small crankbaits. The deeper fish are eating Texas-rigged worms, C-rigs and football heads drug slow on the bottom on points and channel swings and around brush piles out to 40 feet deep.

The crappie have moved a little shallower in the water column suspended in pole timber and over brush piles from 10-25 feet of water and eating jigs and minnows.

The bream are guarding fry around beds again and will eat crickets and crawlers from real shallow out to 25 feet of water.

The hybrid and white bass fishing has picked up as well, and it looks to be an early fall bite shaping up and a good schooling year up on top as a lot of threadfin shad are present now again. The schooling fish can be found from one end to the other at various places. And, of course, the structure bite happens year-round in 25-40 feet of water. Spoons, in-line spinners, small swimbaits and topwater baits are the best baits of choice for the schoolers or structure fish. Find the bait and the fish will be close.

Catfishing is going well, too, as the dissolved oxygen has improved with the rain, and the bite will continue to be good. Any of your favorite baits will work, either on jugs, trotline or rod and reel.

The walleye bite has improved but the fish are roaming around more; use crawlers or crankbaits to find them and just go back and forth as more will be bunched up together on points and small chunk rock flats close to deep water.


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.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – July 13, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – July 13, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.61 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 7-13-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said bass fishing is going good on and off at different times of the day and night.

Arkansas Game and Fish Photo

Use Texas rigged worms, spinnerbaits, football heads and jig head worms as well as drop-shot rigs for the best bite 25-40 feet deep out on drops and end of points.
The bream fishing is good on crickets out to about 28-30 feet for the bigger fish.
The crappie are suspended over brush piles and in the pole timber, and with some patience can be caught with road runners or jigs tipped with minnows in 15-25 feet of water.
The walleye bite is on and off, as is pretty typical for this time of year, but they have to eat as well. Try dragging crawlers in 18-28 feet of water or if they are suspended try crankbaits.
The hybrid and white bass are schooling over various parts of the lake at different times of the day and staying on structure the rest. The night bite is going good right now on spoons, in-line spinners, swimbaits and live bait; try in 25-40 feet depth for the best and most consistent action.
(updated 7-6-2016) Cody Smith of Fish Greers Ferry guide service reports that water surface temperature is ranging in the upper 80s. Water levels are normal for this time of year with small releases from the dam daily. Fishing has been best from early morning hours before 9 and once again during the waning hours of the day. Smith and his anglers have caught every species that swims in the lake over the past week and it seems the bulk of their game fish are all relating to the growing bream population. The 15-25-feet depths around Corps of Engineers habitat has produced the best for them. Live bait options and larger artificial in bluegill and darker colors have been best. White bass and hybrids have been scarce on top, while decent numbers can be found and captured on a variety of jigging spoons in the 20-45-feet zone.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – July 6, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – July 6, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.99 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 7-6-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the fishing has gotten tougher as of late; it got so hot so quick that everything kind of went into shock mode.
The black bass are in their summer mode now for sure with the water temperature at 88 and hotter. Drops deep around brush piles are the most consistent method. A few bass are shallow but some stay shallow all year and some are hanging out on the first drops. Try Texas rigged worms, rig lizards and Senko’s. The shallow fish will bite a spinnerbait if you chase the wind some, and try a jighead worm on the in-between fish. Some are schooling early and late all over the lake.
The bream are eating well out 20-28 feet of water on crickets and crawlers.
The crappie are hanging out 15-30 feet deep over brush piles and around standing timber. Use Road Runners, jigs and minnows.
The walleye have moved a little deeper to about 25-30 feet of water; try crawlers drug around and crankbaits cranked real slow.
The catfishing has even been a little off, but use 12-15 feet drops on jugs and lines close to deep water for the best catching on a variety of baits.
The hybrid and white bass fishing has been slow somewhat. Some fish are eating the new threadfin but are very inconsistent all over the lake. The structure bite has slowed as they’re acclimate to the hotter water and generation. Try topwater baits for the schoolers, and use spoons, in-line spinners, swimbaits and live bait for the deeper fish.
(updated 7-6-2016) Cody Smith of Fish Greers Ferry guide service reports that water surface temperature is ranging in the upper 80s. Water levels are normal for this time of year with small releases from the dam daily. Fishing has been best from early morning hours before 9 and once again during the waning hours of the day. Smith and his anglers have caught every species that swims in the lake over the past week and it seems the bulk of their game fish are all relating to the growing bream population. The 15-25-feet depths around Corps of Engineers habitat has produced the best for them. Live bait options and larger artificial in bluegill and darker colors have been best.
White bass and hybrids have been scarce on top, while decent numbers can be found and captured on a variety of jigging spoons in the 20-45-feet zone.