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!