Fishing Report For May:
SPAWN UNDERWAY…THE BITE IS ON Lake is about pool level….slow down and be safe. Surface temp is 68 degrees…so much better. We’ll folks be safe have fun take a kid with you… Jackie Wayne gone fishing thank you God bless
Crappie – Crappie are back to spawning in 3 to 4 ft water. We caught several 11/2 to 2 lb. males…sporting a beautiful dark color meaning there still spawning. Some crappie are also being caught 8 to12 feet deep on minnows.
Bass – Bass are also spawning in 3 to 5 ft water. They are biting top water bates and jerk bates.
Bluegill – The Blue gill are starting to bed up also around stumps, logs, and shore lines…depths of 2 to 5 feet have been prime. Bates working are jigs, crickets, and wax worms
Catfish – Catfish are doing great on stink bait in 3 to 5 feet of water. Also don’t forget about the catfish especially night fishing off the dock.
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