Fishing Report For July: The ice storm of 2012 put many limbs down under the cypress providing new cover. The washout is good fishing also, waters reach the 40′ mark. The fish will be holding near these deep areas but only from around 6′ & up. Buzz baits early, plastics & crank baits later on will catch them.
Crappie – Can still be caught while trolling the deeper waters in the Basins with medium minnows.
Bream – Can still be caught around the trees that have “wooly” hatches. Some will bed up, only deeper than in June.
Mid April through June is the best.
Bass – Can be the best all year! Fish shady shorelines with white spinner baits, buzz baits or crank baits. Buzz baits can draw them out of cover as long as there are minnows present.
Also, around the pad fields where flukes, senko style worms & spoons would be a good choice. Seed moss or duckweed will also attract minnows & bass. You might have to do some searching, they tend to follow the minnows but if you find them , you’ll be well rewarded! Best time is on a dark drizzly day.
Yellow Bass – Use small black Grizzly Jigs tipped with wax worms & tight line them along the shady shorelines.
Bluegill –Bluegill are going on bed in 3 two 5 feet of water…use wax worms, crickets, or jigs. Bluegill fisherman like to target full moon phases as peak spawning phases can occur at that time . Beds – 7-8 feet of water (Look for bubbles coming from bottom). Now until August.
Catfish – Catfishing is great from shore or boat. And, on yo-yo’s. Others choose blocking or jugging.
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