Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – June 1, 1016

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.

Greers Ferry Fishing Report – July 24, 2014

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report

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 1.4 feet below normal pool and falling slowly. Hybrid and white bass continue to feed well early in the morning and during different times throughout the day. Find the shad and the fish will be close; use swim baits, spoons and inline spinners in 25-50 feet of water for the best results. Crappie are biting well on jigs and jigs tipped with minnows in brush about 15-30 feet deep. Catfishing has slowed; try live or prepared bait on jugs, trotlines and rod-and-reel on flats close to deep water. Bream areout on brush in 20-25 feet of water, and will bite well on tightlined crickets. Bass fishing is good on topwater lures, Texas-rigged worms, jigs and drop-shot worms as well as Alabama rigs.
Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said the cooler days been nice to enjoy the water. Six to eight different species of fish are being boated every trip out on my live bait trips. Bass and crappie are biting well on artificial lures, too. Some fish are starting to really suspend with the bait while others are still relating to the bottom and brush piles in 14 to 20 feet of water. Very small shad are finally coming off the shore and out of there spawning locations. Surface-breaking fish can be found in limited windows, but the deeper bite is much more consistent. Walleyes are really starting to transition into mid depths, focusing heavily on the tiny, 1/2-inch shad.

Greers Ferry Fishing Report – July 17, 2014

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report

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 at Greers Ferry is 0.73 feet below normal pool and falling. Hybrid and white bass are excellent all over the lake throughout the day; they can be caught in and around bait fish, and some are coming up on top as well. Try topwater baits, in-line spinners, swim baits and Rinky Dinks around baitfish in 25-50 feet of water. Bream are still on beds and can be caught with crickets and crawlers up pretty shallow all over the lake on pea gravel banks. Crappie are hanging out in pole timber and in and around brush piles 15-30 feet deep; they can be caught on jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Catfishing is going great on rod-and-reel and baited lines and jugs all over the lake with dog food, soap and live bait; try flats next to deep water. Walleye are biting pretty well on cloudy days , but are scattered on flats; try using small jigs, trolled crawlers and crankbaits in 12-30 feet of water. Black bass are scattered all over the water column from real shallow out to 50 feet of water. Try Alabama rigs, Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and football head jigs deep. For the shallow fish, use topwater baits, small crankbaits, and spinnerbaits.
Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry is currently at normal pool and holding steady with a slight fall during daily releases at the dam. Water surface temperatures are still hovering in the upper 70s to lower 80s. This has some of our shad still shallow, with the majority starting to settle out deeper. However, there is a feeding window shallow early with the shad in our major creeks and tributaries. Once the early morning shad bite is over, it’s time to move to 18-35 feet of water in and around brush. Walleyes, smallmouth, spotted bass, Largemouth, catfish and some of our larger bull bream are coming in daily. White bass and hybrids are finally starting to really show themselves up top in select areas; find the shad and you’ll find the fish.

Fishing Report – March 13, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.20 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 2.35 feet below normal pool and is rising slowly. The surface water temperature is in the 40s for the most part. Hybrids and white bass are on the move to staging flats in the mouths of rivers and beyond, eating and waiting on things to get right to make a big move upriver. Try spoons,in-line spinners, grubs, Alabama rigs, crankbaits and swim baits. Crappie are sporadic, with being different concerning location, depth and preferred lure. They’ve been caught as shallow as 4 feet deep one day, only to be found the next at 40 feet deep. Walleye are in the rivers and creeks and both males and females are being caught on crankbaits, grubs and minnows.The bass fishing is getting better on Wiggle Warts, jerk baits, Alabama rigs and Rat-L-Traps.

White Bass by Rob Pos

White Bass by Rob Pos

Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry water temperatures range from 41 to 47 degrees. Largemouth and spotted bass are biting fairly well to well in a few areas. Crappie are slow to moderate with daily catch rates being 4 to 10 fish per angler. The upper three tributaries are definitely providing the most consistent bite thus far on most all species. As we get some warmer rain and the lower end climbs a couple of degrees look for the bite to explode on the south end with another great spring of smallmouth fishing.
Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Guide Service (501-253-1905) said the reservoir is a few feet low with water temps at 47-49.7; approaching the magic 50-degree mark. Fish are reacting by moving into tributaries and staging in a pre-spawn pattern. Whites and crappies are starting to bite in 23-35 feet of water on minnows and jigs trolled slowly. Some days produce 8-10, while other days are considerably slower. Once the temperatures get to about 52, more success will be expected. Great fishing is just ahead.

Fishing Report – March 6, 2014

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.51 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 2.67 feet below normal pool and falling. The surface water temperature is 38 to 42 degrees and will began to rise in the next few days with warmer weather. The hybrid and white bass are on and off every day; concentrate in the 25-70 foot range with spoons and in-line spinners. Stay around the shad, and you’ll find the fish. Bass are hit and miss as well, but a few can be caught around creek bends,45 degree banks or at the ends of long deep points. Try crankbaits, jerk baits. Alabama rigs, grubs and football heads and Carolina rigs for the best action. Crappie are getting better and better every day. Try jigs and jigs tipped with minnows in the creek arms and the standing pole timber. Some crappie are as shallow as 3 to 4 feet suspended over 20 feet. Most are in the pole timber suspended in 25 to 40 feet over 60 feet of water. Walleye should be bunched up this year with the low water level. Some males are being caught in various places upriver on jerk baits, grubs and crankbaits. No report on bream or catfish.

(Updated 2-26-2014) Cody Smith  said Greers Ferry water temperatures range from 41 to 47 degrees. Largemouth and spotted bass are biting fairly well to well in a few areas. Crappie are slow to moderate with daily catch rates being 4 to 10 fish per angler. The upper three tributaries are definitely providing the most consistent bite thus far on most all species. As we get some warmer rain and the lower end climbs a couple of degrees look for the bite to explode on the south end with another great spring of smallmouth fishing.
Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Guide Service (501-253-1905) said water temps are in the low 40s, and the fish have not really moved into an early spring pattern yet. Crappie are holding in the timber with a few suspending in the creek channel. Slow trolling and long lining will produce a few, but another 2-3 weeks will be better fishing. Whites and walleyes seem to be bunched in the first 40-foot’ holes down tributaries. Everything is about to happen, but not quite yet!