Fishing Report For December.:
Even though the Lake is not at low levels, the fishing is in dynamite mode!
Crappie – The lower Blue Basin is jam packed with some of the Lake’s biggest Crappie! Green & Blue jigs tipped with crappie nibbles or minnows are doing a great job. The areas to search are the 10 – 12′ levels & fish should be about half way down.
Bream – Be alert for wooly hatches on the mid lake trees as they will attract Bream.
Bass – Fishing, you should wait until an extended warm spell occurs.
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 – are still pretty good but will slow as winter sets in. TWRA in years past have released thousands of Red Ear Sunfish (shell crackers). These should have boosted the panfish population.
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