May 2014 (5)Fishing Report:

Jack’s back, Crappie are slow to good at this time. Weather is not doing us any good, its still slowing down the spawn.

Water temp is in the low 50′s to hi. 60′s depending on weather. Were catching crappie now that are 1 to 2 lbs. in weight. The size is good.


.Weather is the reason fishing is so slow, it will turn and fishing will be great just hang on. Enjoy the lake, It’s beautiful out here and thank God for it
Yellow bass are also slow.


Crappie - Crappie are being caught in lower blue basin in 8 to14 ” of water on minnows rigs, jigs, colors are changing day to day. Make sure you fish slow I mean real slow. Their also being caught around trees in 2 to 4 feet of water on jig tips with wax worms.

Bass - Bass are slow to good on jig and pig, spinners, top water baits. Trees in 3 to 5 feet of water is best, also being caught in ditches

Bluegill - Blue gill are still slow.

Stripes - catching a few while crappie fishing

Catfish - Catfish are good, use cut shad, chicken livers and worms. Trees in 3 to 5 feet are best at this time.

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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