Latest Fishing Reports for Greers Ferry Lake

Greers Ferry Lake is the reservoir formed by Greers Ferry Dam, a United States Army Corps of Engineers dam in Northern Arkansas. It is located about 60 miles (100 km) north of Little Rock. Since the formation of Greers Ferry Lake in the early 1960s, tourism has thrived around the lake, and the population has topped 6,000 in Heber Springs. Through the 1970s, many luxurious neighborhoods were built around the lake, and continue to be built. Various activities are available to the public: swimming, cliff diving, boating, fishing, scuba diving, camping, and other water recreational activities are popular among locals and tourists alike. The aquarium and national fish hatchery are also wonderful places to visit. Recently famous for rainbow trout, the Little Red River, in the cool water coming from under the dam, has become a favorite fishing spot year round. Several campgrounds and boat docks/ramps offer direct access to the river.Also, houses, even small neighborhoods have been built around the Little Red River.

from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Guide Service (501-253-1905) said the lake level has slowly dropped to 464.41. Bluegill and catfish action has been hot with the water temps in the low to mid 80s. Very small jigs (1/64 oz.) tipped with a wax worm are killer on bream beds. Live bream, cut bait and shrimp are working well on trotlines and jug lines for catfish. Top-water baits like Zara Spooks and Pop-R's fished early and late in the shallows are taking spotted bass and largemouths. Try large spinnerbaits or a weighted fluke in 10-20 water on submerged secondary shorelines and structure during the day. The evening bite for walleyes in 6-10 feet of water is working on Rogues and crankbaits, as well as dragging crawlers at 30-35 feet deep during the day. The aquatic invertebrate blooms are attracting crappie in 15-25 feet of water, try using small grubs and feathered jigs around submerged woody structure. The gar and carp are providing bowfishing opportunities in the creeks and rivers.


from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 1.34 feet above normal pool and is falling from generation. The surface water temperature is in the mid-80s. The hybrid and white bass fishing is great with the generation and wind combined, they can be caught all day with spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits. There’s some top-water action as well. Find schools of shad in 25 to 40 feet of water and concentrate your efforts below the clouds of baitfish. Bass fishing is good early and late on top-water lures. Once the sun is overhead, switch to drop-shotted finesse worms, Texas-rigged worms and Carolina-rigged lizards near brush. Walleye fishing is good with a little cloud cover in 15-23 feet of water on crawlers dragged on the bottom. A few walleye also have been picked up on crankbaits. Bream are bedding and can be caught with crickets and crawlers all over the lake. Crappie are hit-or-miss with the generation. The bite will improve once the lake gets to normal pool. Try brush and pole timber 15-25 feet deep. Some catfish are spawning and all species are eating well on trotlines baited with bream, minnows, worms and any other catfish bait you like, try flats close to the river channels.


from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry is currently above normal summer pool with current generation lasting 6-10 hours a day, bringing the lake down to desired levels of 462.04 ft. Water surface temperatures this year have taken awhile to reach average levels in the low 80s. The reservoir is clear to moderately stained depending on location. White bass and hybrid stripers are feeding well and topwater action is getting better by the day. It has been my experience that the summer months are by far the most consistent and the very best time to catch a boat load in short order. Being on the water early will pay large dividends. Fish Dinner Lures, Cindy K Spinners and the Glitter Spinners are my number one confidence baits when it comes to hooking up with these fish. For topwaters, I like a clear Spook on slick days or albino shad-colored Sammy if you have some wind. I like to fish them on spinning tackle with braided line for long casts and good hook ups once the fish bite. A fast retrieve is necessary to entice the bite and I like to skip it across the top always keeping it moving but varying the speed to provoke the fish and allowing them to catch up to the bait without stopping it.


from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water is just about 3.5 feet above normal level and falling with temperatures in the 80s. The hybrid and white bass fishing is good in 25-35 feet of water with the generation. Some smaller fish are coming to the surface at times, so concentrate around the shad during generation spoons, in-line spinners and swim baits. The bream are starting to bed and the bite will be good if you can get to them with the water high. Use crawlers and crickets for the best results. Catfishing is good all over the lake using a variety of baits on lines and jugs. Stay close to the river channel to catch the most fish. Crappie are fair but can be caught on minnows, jigs and small crankbaits in 15-20 feet of water. The walleye bite is slow, but you can try dragging crawlers in 15-19 feet of water to catch them. The bass fishing is good early in the morning on topwater baits and throughout the day in brush piles and on drops with Texas-rigged worms and football head jigs.


from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Guide Service (501-253-1905) said the water is about 5 feet above the conservation pool and has the fish scattered and on the move. Catfish and bream should be spawning, but the water levels will either help them or hinder their success. Trolling with jigs and crankbaits has worked well. Look for fish in the creeks and tributaries as they clear from the rain surge.


from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said Greers Ferry is currently above normal summer pool with current generation lasting 6-10 hours a day, bringing the lake down to desired levels of 462.04 ft. Water surface temperatures this year have taken awhile to reach average levels in the low 80s. The reservoir is clear to moderately stained depending on location. White bass and hybrid stripers are feeding well and topwater action is getting better by the day. It has been my experience that the summer months are by far the most consistent and the very best time to catch a boat load in short order. Being on the water early will pay large dividends. Fish Dinner Lures, Cindy K Spinners and the Glitter Spinners are my number one confidence baits when it comes to hooking up with these fish. For topwaters, I like a clear Spook on slick days or albino shad-colored Sammy if you have some wind. I like to fish them on spinning tackle with braided line for long casts and good hook ups once the fish bite. A fast retrieve is necessary to entice the bite and I like to skip it across the top always keeping it moving but varying the speed to provoke the fish and allowing them to catch up to the bait without stopping it.


from Anglers Outpost Guide Service

The water is about 5 feet above the conservation pool and has the fish scattered and on the move. Catfish and bream should be spawning, but the water levels will either help them or hinder their success. Trolling with jigs and crankbaits has worked well. Look for fish in the creeks and tributaries as they clear from the rain surge. (501-253-1905)


from Fish Finder Guide Service

The lake level is a little high but falling with the surface temperature reaching the 80s. Bream fishing is excellent all over the lake on crickets and crawlers in water 6 inches to 15 feet deep. The walleye bite is getting better, and after the water gets pulled down the bite should be great. Try dragging crawlers on rocky banks in 15-27 feet of water. Crappie fishing is good using jigs and minnows in 15-25 feet of water around timber and brush piles. The bass bite has picked up on brush piles using topwater baits, small crankbaits and Texas-rigged worms. Catfishing is still great all over the lake and will continue the rest of the year on any of your favorite baits.






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