Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – March 28, 2018

Greers Ferry Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 463.02 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 462.04 feet msl Oct. 1-April 30; 463.04 feet msl May 1-June 1; 462.54 feet msl June 1-Sept. 30).

(updated 3-28-2018) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said that as of 2:14 pm Tuesday, Greers Ferry Lake was at 462.58 feet msl and falling. It is 0.54 feet above normal pool for a few hours as the rain that was starting to fall heavy will add water to the lake. The Army Corps of Engineers is wanting to keep it 1 foot above normal pool if they can. We should get a rise of about 3 feet from this rain if forecasts hold.

The catching overall is good around the lake, about normal for this time of year, as rains and cold fronts affect the overall bite and spawn.

The black bass are eating a variety of baits from super shallow out to 45 feet, as some stay shallow all year and some have moved shallower now. They can be caught with spinnerbaits, bladed jigs, small crankbaits and jigs in shallow water; spinnerbaits, jighead worms and jigs at mid-depth; and Carolina rigs and football heads as well as spoons in deep water.

As for crappie, some are shallow, some are mid-depth and some are still deep. Use jigs or jigs tipped with minnows for most of them; all the deeper fish can be caught in the pole timber slow-rolling a beetle spin.

The catfish bite is picking up, Tommy says he’s been told, all around the lake.

The hybrid bass and white bass are on and off hour to hour. Some whites have spawned while others have not. Some hybrids are scattered in rivers and creeks, and the rest are staying in lake. The deep bite is more constant at best with spoons, inline spinners and Alabama rigs; for the shallow fish, grubs, inline spinners and small swimbaits are working best.

Some walleye are still being caught in the rivers as they are not all done spawning and the lake fish have picked up as well with the clearing water. Stay in the lake for now, then when mud gets there go back to the rivers. Until it happens again, try crankbaits, grubs, jigheads with minnow, drop-shots with small minnow imitation or grubs for the best bite in the lake or rivers.

Bream are being seen floating around docks and some even shallow. Try small crankbaits, grubs or crickets

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – February 1, 2017

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 455.36 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 2-2-2017) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is still almost 7 feet below normal pool staying pretty steady at present. The fishing and catching is good here and will improve every day as the sun warms the water and the days are getting longer.

The hybrid and white bass bite is good on spoons, in-line spinners, swimbaits and hair jigs from 25-70 feet deep. Look for shad and the fish will be close.

Some walleye are eating upriver now as the river run fish will be spawning soon; try drop-shots with minnows, crankbaits, jerkbaits and grubs. The lake fish will eat the same just deeper on the edges of cuts and humps and points.

No report on catfish.

The crappie are suspended in 15-40 feet and some are on the bottom in 40 feet. Minnows and jigs are working, as well as beetle spins for the suspended fish.

No report on bream other than a few being picked up around the crappie.

The bass fishing is good deep and shallow, and around brush piles up in the shallow water. Use spinnerbaits, crankbaits and small jigs in the warmer water; mid-depths use jighead worms and football heads; and the deeper fish use a C-rigged lizard or Cinko and a football head. Fish can be caught out to 70 feet.

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – October 5, 2016

Greers Ferry Lake Fishing Report – October 5, 2016

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.05 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 10-5-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 461.08 feet and falling. It is 1.43 feet below normal pool of 462.54 feet. The surface temperature is in the high 70s to mid-80s.

The hybrid and white bass are eating pretty good all day around 35 feet and some are blowing up on top from time to time. They are even eating with no wind, which is uncommon; try using in-line spinners for the suspended fish and spoons for the bottom feeders and, of course, topwater baits for the schoolers.

Lots of black bass are in 35 feet and the rest are scattered to the bank; use C-rigs, topwater baits, spinnerbaits and small crankbaits.

No reports on walleye.

The bream action is good with them guarding fry; use crickets, crawlers and small crankbaits.

The crappie fishing is getting better with the cooler water as well, with the fish eating in 10-18 feet of water on jigs and minnows.

The catfishing is good all over the lake with a variety of baits.

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.