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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Weekly fishing report

  • Here is the weekly fishing report for Greers Ferry Lake from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

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  • As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 460.6 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461 msl).
     
    Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the surface temperature has cooled to 70-75 degrees. Hybrid and white bass are still on a tear, schooling on top and down below as well, a lot of the day in 25-40 feet of water. Top-water baits, in-line spinners and spoons are working. Black bass are biting from shallow to deep on wood and points. Use C-rigged lizards. There’s some schooling; use top-water baits, swim baits and also drag a Texas-rigged worm. The Arkansas Claw bite is getting back in full swing as well. Crappie are still eating well on minnows and jigs fished in 25-35 feet of water. The catfish bite has slowed with the cooler nights, but they will eat goldfish, bream and soap. Walleye are eating better lately on night crawlers dragged around 15-25 feet of water on jigheads. Bream fishing is great with crickets, night crawlers and the Slab Hunter baited with night crawlers.
     
    Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said fishing is good but spotty. Schools of bait fish and game fish are on the move daily; here one day and gone the next has been the story. Depths of 12-18 feet of water are holding the most actively feeding fish here on the reservoir. Schoolers early are providing some really good action for the first hour of daylight and longer on cloudy days, however, clouds seem to scatter them out pretty good as the day goes on. I have had the best luck on bigger hybrids and huge schools of whites in really small areas toward mid-morning on shallow flats. Honestly, I have never seen the amount of shad in the reservoir right now. Copious amounts are scattered from the creek and river arms out to the main lake and in the flats.  I have had the best luck with fish in transition from spring to the summer pattern. Smitty’s A-Rig, the Fish Dinner lure line of spinners and C-rigs will pull some good fish while they are feeding. The walleye bite is hit or miss, unlike most years. By now they are really starting to school and are relatively consistent. I have to run a lot of unproductive water to eliminate it every day to get on really small areas that are holding medium to large concentrations of fish. As we warm this week, I look for the summer pattern to really come on strong and more consistent fishing action to be seen daily. Everyone who knows me well knows I really want every trip out to be a banner day.

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