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Fishing Report For October:  October is always one of the top months on the “Quake Lake”. Cooling occurs quickly in the shallow areas leading to feeding frenzies by all species. Just watch for surface activity & use your best judgment. The “Washout” is always a good choice in October, but care is advised at the ramp as it has a sudden drop off. Lake is clear and at pool. Use extreme caution to avoid being stuck on underwater stumps.

Crappie –  Crappie will be up in the water column over the deep basins & will readily bite medium minnows or light colored jigs & have already begun.

Bream   Mid April through June is the best.

Bass  Large mouth will be busting minnows all over. Pad fields, moss beds, duckweed patches, & shorelines with those downed limbs from a previous ice storms will be great places to try. Small crank bait, spinner baits, top waters or swim baits in white or shad colors can be effective.

Yellow Bass – Fishing will be excellent all month. They will be on a tear, so get your light tackle ready for these diminutive little demons.


Catfish –  Cat fishing  will still be good using night crawlers or stink baits.

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

Upcoming Events

  • All Day, October 1, 2016 November 30, 2016 – Fall Color Pontoon Cruises - 731-253-9652
  • 8:00 am 9:00 am, November 25, 2016 – After Thanksgiving Day 2 Mile Hike at Keystone Trail

Reelfoot Weather

Thursday 10/27 10%
Clear. Lows overnight in the upper 40s.
Friday 10/28 10%
Mainly sunny. High 79F. Winds light and variable.
Saturday 10/29 10%
Mostly sunny skies. High near 85F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.