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Greers Ferry Lake Sponsored by
Date 12-Oct-16
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Conditions : Greers Ferry: Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the black bass fishing has been tough as they are scattered from 0-40 feet of water. Try using a drop-shot rig ,a C-rig for the deeper fish and spinnerbaits and small crankbaits for the shallow fish. It will get better with cooler weather and some rain. The catfish are eating pretty much all over the lake, but catches are down some; try any bait of choice on jugs and lines, on flats close to deeper water. The crappie are eating Road Runners and jigs around pole timber and over brush piles in 12-25 feet of water fished real slow. No report on walleye. Bream fishing is still good shallow out to about 18 feet on crickets and crawlers. The hybrid and white bass are eating well on and off all day and some are blowing up on top for short periods all over the lake. Use small topwater baits, in-line spinners and spoons for the best results. Find the bait and the fish will be close.

Cody Smith of Fish Greers Ferry guide service reports water surface temperatures are in the mid-70s and peaking each day around 77 degrees. These surface temperatures are about a month behind for this time of year. Coupled with warmer-than-average temperatures and no measurable rainfall in close to a month, our game fish are spread out with the shad and forage, utilizing depths of 0-30 feet. Small windows of feeding activities and roaming fish are what we are dealing with here right now in Greers Ferry Lake. As soon as we get a rain with some runoff, look for the bite to pick up in a hurry. Until they see the conditions and weather change, Cody say he looks for the lake to stay in a steady funk, with an abrupt upswing in the bite once they get the surface temps into the upper 60s. Right now the best bite is definitely coming on live bait offerings in the 12-18-feet zone with a mix of species coming in daily. They have a wave of walleyes starting to use some of the cover in shallower depths. Cody says he look for a much more consistent bite over the coming weeks.

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About: - The 30,000-acre Greers Ferry Lake is known for its clear waters and cliffs that line much of its shoreline. One easily recognizable geologic feature on the lake is Sugar Loaf Mountain, where a national recreational trail by the same name climbs the 1,000-foot summit on an uninhabited island (making it accessible only by boat). During warmer months, the fog that hovers over the cold water in the Little Red can create a striking effect. And visitors traveling from the south or east will certainly notice a difference as they enter the region’s hilly terrain.

Fishing - Unknown, but impressive, is the fact that two world-record fish, the hybrid striped bass and the walleye, were caught on Greers Ferry Lake, which is the reservoir from which the Little Red River flows. (The hybrid striped bass, caught in 1997, weighed in at 27 pounds, 5 ounces, and the walleye, caught in ’82, was 22 pounds, 11 ounces.) But walleye and hybrid striped bass aren’t the only catches on the fishing menu at Greers Ferry. Every game fish native to the State of Arkansas has been stocked in the clear waters of the lake by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and it is especially revered as an excellent largemouth bass fishery.

Camping - On the lake, there are more than 10 campgrounds, dozens of boat ramps and nine marinas, eight of which offer rental boats.

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