Fishing Report – May – June:  Here are some tips from Mid-south Hunting & Fishing News. The lake level is above pool, which is a good for navigation. Crappie & Bass should be excellent around the April 22 full moon. Some spawning as been observed. The fish will be in the spawning cycle & very shallow.

Crappie –   Crappie can still be caught by simply trolling your jig and minnow combination a little deeper than you did in April.

Catfish –  Catfish will be biting on livers and night crawlers around cypress knees and sunken logs. The yo-yo fishermen will just be beginning their limb-line harvesting that will continue all summer.

Bream   Bream activity will be good  mid April – June.

Bass –  Largemouth Bass are still spawning on old circular stumps that have been used for that purpose for eons. As the sun climbs higher the stumps become more visible and casting a lizard or jerk bait over a spawning bass is like asking a raging bull to charge a red shawl. 

Yellow Bass – The little yellow bass will also be beginning their forays along the shorelines and pad field edges. Casting an ultra light spinner or crappie jig can result in a ton of fight on light tackle. Tasty eating, too.

Bluegill –  Bluegill spawn is at it’s peak in the month of May. Bluegill will spawn several times in a year but the primary spawn is upon us.

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!

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

Chance of a Thunderstorm
Thursday 07/19 50%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High around 90F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Friday 07/20 60%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe. High 94F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Partly Cloudy
Saturday 07/21 20%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.