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 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.