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Reelfoot Lake Fishing Report for:
March 12th, 2004

   Jackie has been a hard man to catch this week. Fishing too much, if that's possible. So, this week's report comes from fellow guide Billy Blakely of Blue Bank Resort.

   Crappie fishing remains good, or should we say excellent. Bass fishing is getting better all the time and Bluegill fishing has even picked up.

   Lake temps were at 54.3 degrees Thursday. Lake level is up just a bit and is about 4 inches above pool. A good level for Reelfoot. Water color is still relatively clear despite the rising water. Here's the rest:

   Crappie: Crappie fishing is excellent and they are scattered over a variety of depths as they move toward spawning areas. They've been caught in anywhere from 2-12 feet of water lately.

   Billy recommends trying 5-6 feet of water for starters. The south end of the lake has been producing well in these depths.

   Minnows, as always, are the top bait. But, chartreuse and white jigs have also produced lately.

   Bass: Continues to improve and would be considered good. They're catching them shallow, as usual. White spinnerbaits have been producing well. Billy likes the double willow leaf blade configuration, Strike King's Premier Elite to be specific. Another bait that's producing well is a 6 inch plastic worm.

  Bluegill: Shore anglers have had fair/good success on popeye jigs and waxworms. Just use a bobber and fish about 18 inches deep.

   No reports on other species.

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