Fishing Report For October.:
This time of the year is always one of the best times for fishing. Cooling occurs fast in the shallow areas leading to a feeding frenzy! Lake is clear & low.
Crappie – Will be up in the water column over the deep basins & will be ready to bite medium minnows or light colored jigs & have already begun.
Bream – Be alert for wooly hatches on the mid lake trees as they will attract Bream.
Bass – Has been great all year! Watch for surface activity. Minnows are best.
Yellow Bass – will be on a tear, get your light tackle ready for these demons.
Bluegill – Blue gill can be caught by fishing with crickets or small Grizzly jigs along the cypress, studded shorelines & isolated trees.
Catfish – Right now is Prime month for catfish & any of your favorite methods will get’ em.
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. 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