Reelfoot Lake Fishing Report for:
October 21, 2012
THE FALL COLORS ARE HERE...IT'S A GREAT TIME TO BE ON THE LAKE
Despite some cool snaps gale force winds the overall
fishing scene has been pretty good for both bass and crappie. Normally
October weather patterns are usually stable. A dose of March madness
slipped in with some gale force winds that made fishing tough a few
The cooler temperatures have had an
influence on surface temperatures. Readings
this week were in the 62 to 64 degree range. Water color
is in good shape.
Reelfoot Lake is 18" below pool level. TWRA has dug out around many
of the ramps with a trackhoe, to have better access to Reelfoot Lake. All ramps are open, but
still use caution putting your
boat in around the ramps, and motoring across the lake.
Crappie: Good: Crappie continue to hit good in depths of
8 to12 feet, jigging the
visible stumps and logs. Popular jigs have been
Strike King pumpkin seed and June bug tipped with crappie nibbles
or minnows. Remember, the limit is 30 Crappie per day per man.
There are no size limits on Reelfoot Lake.
Bass fishermen continue to find fish around the trees and logs along the
shoreline. The bass are shallow chasing schools of shad. Tossing spinnerbaits, Rattle Trap style baits and
shallow running shad colored crankbaits.
Slow: The catfish bite should pick back up on warmer days.
Stripes: Great: The stripes are surfacing and biting on white beetle
spins and pin minnows.
Fall fishing is alive and well.
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