Fishing Report – Nov – Dec.: Here are some tips from Mid-south Hunting & Fishing News
Crappie – The Crappie bite will improve as the month wears on! Try slow trolling minnows on green jigs and “slow” is the word. Either side of ten feet should result in finding fish. Generally, cloudy days are best here, in the fall. The mid-day bite in sheltered places such as Burnt Woods, Katie’s Gourd & Snaggy Basin has produced some real memories for anglers. White spinner baits, dark worms & black/blue jigs are good choices.
Bream – Bream activity will be good mid April – June.
Bass – Water levels have risen, so Bass fishing can be red hot on warming trends. Try to get on the water by 9:00 am and fish slowly as the waters warm.
Bluegill – can be caught by fishing with crickets or small Grizzly Jigs along the cypress, studded shorelines & isolated trees. Be alert for “Wooly” hatches on the mid lake trees as they attract bream& 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.
Catfish – There is an unusual way to catch Catfish this month. Try flipping a large minnow to the base of mid-lake cypress trees where water turkeys are roosting. Catfish will be laying in wait to consume the droppings of these birds. Sounds crazy but it’s true!
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