The Little Rock District Office of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced a shutdown for repair of one of the two generating units on Greers Ferry Dam. The plan is for the remaining unit to have a continuous release of 300-500 cubic feet per second March 10 through April 24. Normal “dead low” release is about 45 cfs, one full unit is approximately 3500 cfs and two full units are 7000 cfs. The continual release in the 300-500 cfs range should provide some spectacular spring angling at a time when the river is typically blown out with high water.
Big caddis hatches, march brown and other emerging insects should have the trout in a feeding frenzy. Dry fly fishing opportunities should abound as well as favorable conditions for streamer and nymph fishing.
While some wading spots should be accessible, anglers should still be mindful of water levels. If spring rains raise the lake level to above the conservation pool of 462.04 feet, a measured release, not to exceed conventional generation volumes would be made by opening the flood gates. Local heavy rains can also raise water levels quickly, especially in the lower river or below tributaries like Canoe, Mill and Big Creeks.