Fishing

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Fishing Report For April:
Lake level rose above pool making for good navigation! Excellent fishing around the full moon (April 22)

Crappie – Basin crappie will be using submerged logs & stumps for their ritual. Pad crappie will be spawning in sandy bottom areas around stumps & logs.

Bream   Mid April through June is the best.
Bream Tourny – May 28, 2016

Bass  Most bass will be on the spawning beds & will be hugging the beds positioned on stumps, shallow logs & cypress roots.

Yellow Bass – will be on a tear, get your light tackle ready for these demons.

Bluegill Will be more active as water warms. Blue gill can be caught by fishing with crickets or small Grizzly jigs along the cypress, studded shorelines & isolated trees.

Catfish –  Will be more active as water warms. 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

Upcoming Events

  • All Day, May 6, 2016 May 9, 2016TN Ornithological Society Annual Meeting
  • 6:00 am 11:00 am, May 7, 2016 – Big Bass Event - Reelfoot Lake Bass Club Tournament-Kirby's Pocket
  • 5:00 am 3:00 pm, May 14, 2016 – 2nd Annual Ducks Unlimited Bass Tournament
  • All Day, May 21, 2016 – Winding through the Wetlands
  • All Day, May 28, 2016 May 30, 2016 – Memorial Day Weekend Pontoon Cruises at Reelfoot Lake
  • 7:00 am 12:00 pm, May 28, 2016 – Reelfoot Bream Bash
  • 1:45 pm 2:45 pm, June 4, 2016 – National Trails Day Hike at Grassy Island
  • 7:00 am 12:00 pm, June 11, 2016 – Annual Youth Fishing Rodeo
  • All Day, June 22, 2016 June 24, 2016Reelfoot Lake Jr. Ranger Camp - Ages 6-14
  • All Day, June 25, 2016 June 26, 2016Great American Campout -Pontoon Cruise, S'mores, Storytelling & Creatures of the night hike!
  • All Day, June 25, 2016 – Winding through the Wetlands
  • 7:00 pm 10:00 pm, July 2, 2016 – Annual Fireworks Display Sponsored by Reelfoot Lake Tourism Council - You Don't Want to Miss this Fun Filled Weekend!

Reelfoot Weather

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Mainly clear. Lows overnight in the mid 50s.
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Sunny. High near 85F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.
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Partly cloudy skies. High 83F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.