Fisheries Biologists recently performed nighttime electrofishing to evaluate the black bass population on Greers Ferry Lake. Electrofishing temporarily stuns the bass, so that biologists can collect and measure the fish and then return them to the lake. The majority of Largemouth Bass collected measured 13 to 15 inches, and weighed in at 1 to 2 pounds, with the occasional larger fish over 20 inches. The biggest Largemouth Bass collected measured 21.4 inches and weighed 6 pounds (see picture). The highest density of Largemouth Bass was in tributary arms in the upper portion of the lake.

Greers Ferry Lake also contains a large number of Spotted Bass (aka “Kentucky Bass”). The majority of Spotted Bass were 9 to 13 inches long, with the largest measuring 16 inches. Smallmouth bass were also collected, mostly in the lower part of the lake. The majority of Smallmouth Bass were 8 to 12 inches long with the largest fish being 16 inches. Not many adult Smallmouth Bass were collected, due to the fact that most larger fish were in deeper water that cannot be sampled with electrofishing gear.

We hope you have time to get out on the water and give black bass fishing at Greers Ferry Lake a try.
Current harvest regulations for bass at Greers Ferry Lake include a daily limit of 10 black bass
(Largemouth, Spotted, and Smallmouth combined) with no more than 6 Smallmouth Bass. All
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass must be 12 inches or longer to harvest.