Fishing

Fishing Report:

Water Temp –75º

Crappie - fishing a foot off bottom in deeper water using minnows or pink headed chartreuse Strike King jigs tipped with minnows

Bass - doing great in shallow water flipping trees with a strike king rodent and a 2.5 around logs and shorelines with the colors being black and chartreuse.

Bluegill - biting really well around the shoreline and lily pads (beds) on jigs tipped with crickets  

Stripes - catching a few while crappie fishing

Catfish - best time of year Biting around stumps and logs on night crawlers

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

Pumpkinseed - Courtesy of Richie Brownlee

 


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