Fishing Report – September: Top water anglers, this is the time to head to “Quake Lake” if you like to see ’em strike! Two places to focus are seed moss beds & dying pods.
Crappie – Crappie will be deep in the early month but will move shallower as nights cool. Black & chartreuse jigs or medium minnows trolled at the preferred depth will be successful. Best way to figure this out is to observe other fishermen in the area where boats are gathered.
Bream – Bream activity will be good early in the month but slow toward late month.
Bass – Bass will slash at the bowl knocking the minnows out making them vulnerable to attack. White spinner baits, top waters or buzz baits will be advised. Yellow Bass fishing will be excellent all month & on into October.
Bluegill – can be caught by fishing with crickets or small Grizzly Jigs along the cypress, studded shorelines & isolated trees. Be alert for “Wooly” hatches on the mid lake trees as they attract bream& other predators.
Game & Fish Magazine says “Reelfoot Lake is the top bluegill fishery in the state of TN. according to Tim Broadbent, TN. with TWRA” The average size is about 0.45 lbs. & anglers harvest between 1.5 & 2.0 fish per hour. Larger bluegills in the 0.5-0.75 lbs. range are also present.
Catfish – Cat Fishing will still be good using night crawlers or stink bait.
Reelfoot Lake is a sportsman’s paradise! Approximately fifty-four species of fish are found in its waters. The primary game fish includes bream, crappie, large-mouth bass, and catfish. Reelfoot Lake has 30 daily creel limit on crappie and no limit on bluegill. Four to seven pound large-mouth bass are fairly common. Fishing varies on a seasonal basis, but generally runs from March through mid-July and again in September and October. These are prime fishing times, but fishing is popular year-round. Reelfoot Lake’s shallow cypress field waters are recognized as one of the world’s greatest natural fish hatcheries. Game & Fish Magazine says “Reelfoot Lake has great bluegill habitat & all 4 basins of the lake provide excellent bluegill fishing.” There are numerous free public boat ramps and fishing piers conveniently located around the lake. Fishing guides can be hired to help newcomers learn how to navigate around the lake and learn more about the hot-spots. During peak months it’s not uncommon for fishermen to return with their limit of fish. Reelfoot Lake is a flooded forest – full of submerged cypress stumps. While boating on Reelfoot , expect to hit some of the stumps. You will be okay unless you are running at full throttle. People boat on this lake using 40 horsepower motors and up, but they go slow, no water skiing or jet skiing is done on Reelfoot Lake. Canoes & Kayaks can be used on Reelfoot Lake. Jon boats are used the most.See Fishing Fees & Regulations in Region 1: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency See Reelfoot Lake Fishing Guides: Fishing Guides
Best fishing seasons on the lake:
November thru April: Crappie April thru October: Bluegill, Bass