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Fishing Report For October:  Lake level is at pool & easy to navigate. This is the time to head to the “Quake Lake” if you like to see them strike! The 2 places to focus on are seed moss beds & dying pads. Be sure to have stout rods & lines if you expect to haul them out. The pad fields will be dying out with the heat & the change of the season. When this occurs, pin minnows will gather in the pockets in the middle of a shriveling pad. These will look like a bowl with the edges turned up.

Crappie –  Crappie will move shallower as the nights cool. Black & chartreuse jigs or medium minnows trolled at the preferred depth will be successful. Best way to figure this out is to observe other fishermen in the area where boats are gathered.

Bream   Mid April through June is the best.

Bass  Bass will slash at the bowl knocking the minnows them vulnerable to attack. White spinner baits, top waters or buzz baits will be advised.

Yellow Bass – Fishing will be excellent all month.


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

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Reelfoot Weather

Partly Cloudy
Saturday 10/01 10%
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine in the morning with more clouds for later in the day. High 76F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Sunday 10/02 10%
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 79F. Winds light and variable.
Monday 10/03 0%
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High near 80F. Winds light and variable.