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.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.70 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is falling. Bream fishing is good in shallow water, and as deep as 27 feet in brush piles where the water is clear; crickets and crawlers are working well. Catfishing has slowed somewhat with them moving to a little deeper water. Bass fishing is in full summertime mode with fish suspended in and around brush piles, pole timber and almost all woody cover from shallow out to 50 feet of water on Alabama rigs, Texas-rigged worms, Carolina rigs and football head jigs. Walleye are deeper and feeding a lot more at night this time of year. They are hanging around brush piles and out on deeper drops out to 50 feet on bright days. Try vertical jigging spoons, dragging nightcrawlers or trolling deep-diving crankbaits. The hybrid and white bass bite is still going pretty well out to 50 feet on spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits; find the shad and the fish will be close.
Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said water surface temperatures are ranging from 79 to 84 degrees. With moderate summer temperatures our fish are well ahead of pace for the early fall bite. Many baitfish are still only halfway to a third of the way out of the creeks and tributaries. Looking at the extended forecast, I don’t believe they are ever going to make it out on the main lake in earnest. Some fish are in the brush feeding on bluegills and crawfish while others are suspended and hanging in pole timber and structure breaks adjacent to the bulk of our shad. Live bait offerings with a vertical presentation are working well with the suspended fish. Glitter Spinners and small swim baits are producing.
Billy McCaghren shows his expertise with the Carolina Rig on Greers Ferry Lake.