Fishing Report – September:  Here are some tips from Mid-south Hunting & Fishing News.  We encourage everyone to practice catch and release and don’t keep the fish out of the water over a few minutes.

The 2 places to focus are seed moss beds and dying pads!

  • Be aware of the Wood Duck & Teal season until mid-September!


Crappie –   Crappie will be deep in early month but will move to 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 the other fishermen in the area where other boats are gathered.

Catfish –  Cat fishing is still good! They will be biting on night crawlers & stink baits.

Bream   Bream activity will be good early in the month!

Bass –   Bass will be going strong through September! Bass will slash at the pad bowl knocking the minnows out making them vulnerable to attack. White spinner baits, top waters or buzz baits will be advised.

Yellow Bass – Yellow bass will be excellent all month. Casting an ultra light spinner or crappie jig can result in a ton of fight on light tackle. Tasty eating, too.

Bluegill –  Bluegill  can be caught with crickets or small Grizzly Jigs along the cypress, studded shorelines and isolated trees. Be alert for wooly hatches on the mid lake trees as they will attract bream and 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.


We have many Resorts that offer Fishing Packages: They provide a boat, motor, bait, gas, ice, lodging & some provide meals! Visit our “Lodging Page” for a list of resorts. Our “Brochure Page” will give you an amenity chart to show what each Resort offers.

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

Upcoming Events

Reelfoot Weather

Tuesday 09/18 10%
Clear. Lows overnight in the upper 60s.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 09/19 20%
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 92F. Winds light and variable.
Thursday 09/20 10%
Mainly sunny. High 94F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.