Weekly fishing report for Greers Ferry Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 458.7 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461 msl).
Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the lake level is falling. Water temperatures are 78-82 degrees and rising. The hybrid and white bass fishing is real good at times and not so good at times; it depends on generation and wind, moon and a lot of things come into play, like how many times a day fish feed. Try 25-40 feet of water and use in-line spinners, spoons, top-water baits and the Arkansas Claw for best results. Crappie fishing is going pretty good , but you have to stay with it all day to end up catching a lot. Try 15-25 feet of water over 80 feet in the pole timber using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Bream are good on crickets, night crawlers and small crankbaits from real shallow out to 27 feet of water. Bass fishing is OK throwing Texas-rigged worms and football heads out to 40 feet; top-water baits, buzzbaits and frogs are good up shallow and jighead worms for the fish in between. Catfishing continues to be good all over the lake with a lot of different baits working on trotlines, jugs and rod and reel. Walleye are biting better but the catch rate has been low as something has got them really messed up this year. Try dragging night crawlers in 15-40 feet of water.
Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said the lake is holding steady 3 feet below normal pool and 4 feet below seasonal pool, while 12 feet below the five-year average pool for this time of year. The reservoir is continuing to fish extremely well. Stable weather is always a plus here; however, during the last week we have seen mixed weather and clouds, which have seemed to scatter the fish a bit. With this cloud cover we have seen an awesome top-water bite for largemouth and Kentucky bass that can last all day. With higher skies and clearing weather, look for our game fish to really put their nose on some sort of structure and/or cover like sharp drops in the 20-foot range out to 40 and planted brush in the 15- to 35-foot range. White bass and hybrids are surfacing somewhere everyday on the reservoir but my other game fish bite has been good enough not to chase the surfacing temperate bass. I look for the schoolers to really start getting active for longer periods over the coming weeks, and the early morning bite should really get good.
Greers Ferry Tailwater
Just Fishing Guides said trout tailwaters have been experiencing low, wadeable water each and every day. Good fish have been caught on the White, Norfork and Little Red. If you are not up to a daylong wade trip and want to go for some good trout, contact a guide with a drift boat; we don’t need a lot of water to get to those spots far from the accesses and crowds.