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Date 17-Apr-14
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Conditions : Greers Ferry: Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 0.45 feet above normal pool and is rising. The surface water temperature is 49 to 57 degrees. The main lake hybrids and white bass are going pretty good, but the river bite slowed with the cool weather; try spoons ,in-line spinners, grubs, and jerk baits. The crappie bite seems to be better in the dirtier water on minnows; try really shallow around brush up the rivers. Not much report on bream as they are just now pulling up shallow. Some straggler walleye are still being caught in the river and a few are being picked up in the lake on grubs and spoons, but it's fairly slow. Bass fishing slowed with the cold front; each day is different. The fish on steep banks are a bit more consistent. Try jigs, crankbaits, Alabama rigs and a jighead worm.

Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said visibility in the lower section of the reservoir is as great as 15 feet with 6 to 8 feet of visibility over much of the reservoir. Wind has been key to finding and staying on an active bite. Most all species are in full blown spawn. Walleyes, crappie, smallmouth, spotted bass and largemouth are being taken on a variety of baits fished from the bank to 14 feet of water. Most walleyes are still milting and some are still dropping eggs. Whites and hybrids are still up the creeks, rivers and on some main lake flats finishing up their spawn as well. Stay shallow and chase the wind for a good bite.

Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Guide Service (501-253-1905) said the lake is near normal pool and rising with recent rain. The water temperatures are in the mid- to upper 50s and rising quickly. This week should see the temps reach the 60-degree mark in the upper part of the lake. Fish are responding well and moving into the 5- to 7-foot range. Black bass have been very active, while crappie seem to move in and out with the cold nights. Fluctuating conditions on the upper lake make for inconsistent action, with one day producing well and the next day not so well. The crappie spawn should peak soon with action in the buckbrush. Lots of fish are still holding in the pole timber.

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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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