Fishing Report – February.: Here are some tips from Mid-south Hunting & Fishing News. The lake has gotten a boost with all the rain by bringing the lake back up several feet, conditions for that winter Crappie bonanza will be prime!
Crappie – It’s Crappie time!! Even with high water, big crappie limits are frequent. Minnows on green jigs tipped with minnows or crappie nibbles were the right ticket to success.
Bream – Bream activity will be good mid April – June.
Bass – Bass fishermen should target leaning trees and duck blinds with big bladed, slow rolled spinner bait and black/blue jig and combos. That is if the blinds are not occupied, if an extended warming trend occurs.
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 – Some catfish catches have been reported prior to the rise.
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