Fishing

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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

Upcoming Events

  • All Day, May 1, 2015 September 30, 2015 – Reelfoot Lake Scenic Boat Cruises
  • 6:30 pm, May 23, 2015 June 16, 2015 – Heroes Memorial Bike & Boat Run in Samburg
  • All Day, May 30, 2015 May 31, 2015Cardboard Boat Regatta at Discovery Park of America
  • 7:00 am 12:00 pm, May 30, 2015 – 2015 Bream Bash sponsored by the Lake County Lion's Club
  • 7:00 am 1:00 pm, June 6, 2015 – 24th Annual Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge Youth Fishing Rodeo & Free Fishing Day
  • All Day, June 8, 2015 June 12, 2015Reelfoot Lake Jr. Ranger Camp - Ages 6-14
  • All Day, June 13, 2015 June 14, 2015The Restless Heart Concert at Discovery Park
  • All Day, June 17, 2015 June 18, 2015Ride the Fault Line - Pedal through 4 states in 1 week.
  • All Day, June 20, 2015 – Reelfoot Lake Butterfly Count
  • All Day, June 27, 2015 June 28, 2015Great American Campout
  • 7:00 pm 10:00 pm, July 3, 2015 July 5, 2015 – Annual Fireworks Display Sponsored by Reelfoot Lake Tourism Council - You Don't Want to Miss this Fun Filled Weekend!
  • All Day, July 5, 2015 – "Round House Reunion" - Weekend of Music & Fireworks!

Reelfoot Weather

Clear
Tuesday 05/26 10%
Clear
Mostly clear. Lows overnight in the upper 60s.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Wednesday 05/27 50%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High near 85F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Thursday 05/28 40%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High around 85F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.