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 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.
Greers Ferry Fishing Report – June 22, 2016
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.85 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 6-22-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said lake biologists opened the rearing pond on the lake Monday, turning the thread fin shad lose in the lake that they had turned lose in it to spawn, which should populate the middle part of the lake with shad real well.
The black bass fishing is going good with a few fish shallow and a few still in between and headed out deep as the water warms. Some schooling is still going on in various parts of the lake with the black bass, and even some are following underneath the hybrids for an easy meal. Try Texas rigged worms, rigs and football heads for the deeper fish, spinnerbaits and small crankbaits for the shallow fish and a shaky head for the fish in between.
The crappie are good in the pole timber and over brush piles suspended 15-25 feet deep and can be caught on minnows and jigs or a combination of both.
The catfish are eating well all over the lake on a variety of baits and methods.
The walleye are in 15-28 feet of water; try dragging crawlers and/or crankbaits for the best results.
The bream are eating well on small crankbaits, in-line spinners, crickets and crawlers in 1-20 feet of water.
The hybrid and white bass are eating well on and off during the day with early morning and late evening being the best. Some good action is going on through the middle of the day, though.
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.
Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – June 1, 1016
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.52 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 6-1-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is is 0,02 feet below normal pool of 462.54 feet for the period of June through September. The water temperature is still in the mid-70s.
The bass fishing is good shallow out to 30 feet of water as a lot of fish are setting up for the summer, but some have gone back shallow to eat bream that are bedding along the bank, and some fish are hanging out at mid-depths as well. All are eating a variety of baits. Some schooling is going on as well; try buzzbaits and topwater baits, all day-rig’s and Texas rigs for the deeper fish, jighead worms, spinnerbaits and small crankbaits.
The bream are guarding fry and can be caught with crickets and crawlers from real shallow out to 20 feet of water.
With crappie, some are still spawning in the lake and the rest are post-spawn and are hanging out in the pole timber and in and around and over brush piles in 15-20 feet of water and can be caught on minnows and jigs.
The catfish are eating well all over the lake on live and cut bait, baited on jugs, lines and rod and reels at various depths.
The walleye are eating crawlers and crankbaits drug from 6 feet out to 18 feet on gravel flats.
The hybrid and white bass are chewing all over the lake, and can be caught on top and out to 35 feet of water on topwater baits, in-line spinners, spoons and live bait.
(updated 5-25-2016) Cody Smith of Fish Greers Ferry guide service reports that the lake is starting to slowly settle into its summer pattern. Rising water over the past few weeks sent the first wave of offshore fish back to the bank; over the last week they have pushed back out and are setting up nicely on brush piles and Corps habitat. Surface temperatures are in the low 70s lake-wide with good water color and clarity. Shallow fish are highly pressured and seem to be scattered at best in shoreline cover. The walleye bite is good right now with a limit to a couple limits showing up with regularity. Fourteen to 22 feet around staging bluegills has been his best pattern. White bass and some hybrids are sporadically surfacing throughout the morning and evenings. The lack of baitfish in the reservoir is resulting in very little surface activity as there is not enough shad to push and corral.