Fishing Report For May: Water temp is in the mid 70s…Lake level is 8 in above
Crappie -Crappie bite is still good, but you’ve got to hunt for them…shore line, around trees, and grass line…6 two 8 feet deep and y’all find them…
Bream – Mid April through June is the best.
Bream Tourny – May 28, 2016
Bass – Bass are still spawning in 3 to 6 feet of water…their biting jig and pig, top water baits, worms, and spinner baits around the trees and stumps.
Yellow Bass – will be on a tear, get your light tackle ready for these demons.
Bluegill –Bluegill are going on bed in 3 two 5 feet of water…use wax worms, crickets, or jigs. Bluegill fisherman like to target full moon phases as peak spawning phases can occur at that time . Beds – 7-8 feet of water (Look for bubbles coming from bottom). Now until August.
Catfish – Catfish are biting good in the ditches and on yo-yo’s around the trees.
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