AFGC releases its weekly fishing report

Greers Ferry Lake
 As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 459.3 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461 msl).
Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the lake level is falling, with generation, in the afternoon. Hybrid and white bass are eating at various times throughout the day, and the catch rate is real good at times. The trick is to stay with them and be patient. Use spoons, the Arkansas Claw, in-line spinners and swim baits. Some black bass are shallow, others at mid-depth, some deeper and some are still spawning. For the deeper and suspended fish, try the Arkansas Claw, crankbaits and top-water baits. For bottom feeders, Carolina- and Texas-rigged worms will work. For shallow fish, use small crankbaits, spinner baits and wake baits. For mid-depth fish, try jighead worms and drop-shots. Bream fishing is great with crickets, night crawlers and small crankbaits. Walleye are biting better than they have lately, but they are walleye and it’s a day-to-day deal, especially in this odd-weather year. Catfish are eating well; this will be the case the rest of the hotter weather months. Try homemade bait, goldfish and bream. Crappie are sitting in the same old places, suspended in the pole timber, and over and around brush piles.

Cody S. Smith of said fishing on Greers Ferry  is incredibly good right now. Shad are still spawning on the main lake, creeks and rivers. To increase my catch rates, I am spending a lot of time in really small areas and not moving around much at all. Once you find a school of fish, soak the area really well for a good amount of time before you pull the plug. Game fish are beginning to school tight, getting into their summer pattern. It is a must right now to use electronics to find fish. If you are not seeing them on the graph there is no one home!  Unlike during spring when fish are so spread out in vast spawning flats that you can practically catch them doing anything, these summer fish are like wolf packs, hanging in prime locations adjacent to shad and feeding at certain times of the day. These wolf packs of various species of fish are relating to the bottom and contour breaks. As spring ends and we get into summer, look for these fish to start suspending in open water. Top-waters, spinners, swim baits, big worms and live night crawlers are all producing good numbers of fish daily.