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reelfoot lake fishing report

Reelfoot Lake Fishing Report for:
September 5th, 2006

There hasn't been much to talk about on the fishing scene during August, but September has brought cool weather and some good fishing news. Temperatures have really dropped since last week and the fish are responding. Crappie and bass have really picked up with this little cold snap. Yellow Bass have also been biting.

This is probably just a trick. It can still get really hot here in September and some summer like weather may still lie in wait for the weeks ahead. Having said that, the weathermen are predicting this mild weather to continue for the next 5 days or more. I sure hope they're finally right.

Water temperature was down to 78 a couple of days ago. It's probably dropped a couple more degrees since. Lake level is a couple of inches below pool level. Here's the rest:

Crappie- Jackie has seen a dramatic change in the crappie fishing lately. He's been bringing in 30-70 keepers a day. Lots of 1/2 to 3/4 lb. fish. Not many monsters right now, but not bad either.

Some days they've been biting early and some days they'll turn on later (about 11:00 - 2:00). Jackie hasn't done much good in the afternoons lately.

Minnows and jigs are both producing well.

Bass- Good. Topwater has been producing early in the day. If you can get an overcast day, topwater might produce all day. Jackie says that the mid day hours of 10-2 should be producing soon.

Try around the pads and in the pockets where the shad are holding right now.

Bluegill- Slow.

Catfish- Fair. Just try your favorite bait and hit the showing logs and edges of the lily pads.

Stripes (Yellow bass)- Good. 3 1/2 to 7 feet of water are good depths. Pin minnows, as almost always, is the top bait.








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