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Reelfoot Lake Fishing Report for:
August 8th, 2003

   Besides all the rain we've been gettin, there's not much to say on the Reelfoot Lake fishing scene. It has been an unusual amount of rain for summer in northwest Tennessee and it can only help the fishing in the long run. But, it's the dead of summer and fishing is slow. If you're going after them, yellow bass are probably the best bet.

   Jackie did go out a few days ago and picked up 15 bluegill and 2 catfish on crickets. That's a pretty typical trip for bluegill right now.

   Lake level is a foot or more above pool. Haven't gotten water temps lately but they're in the 80's. Just going to re-post last week's report since nothing's changed. Here it is:

   Bluegill-Slow. Probably going to be slow for the next month or longer. That's just the normal pattern.


   Bass-The bass fishing is slow. Not many people after them, but the reports we've gotten are of tough fishing. Could improve a little once the water level stabilizes.

   Catfish-Even the catfishing is slow. But, this could be another species that picks up a little if the water stabilizes.

   Stripes (yellow bass)- Finally they're catching some of these little suckers. Fishing for yellow bass is excellent and provides the best action on Reelfoot by far. After a very slow year on them last year, it's just good to know that they aren't gone.

   Try pin minnows cut in half. Fished on a slip bobber rig with a small weight and a bluegill hook. One of the top areas is out from Gooch's (now White's Landing).

   They're being caught in water around 2-4 feet deep.

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