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Bluegill fishing at Reelfoot Lake

Posted: June 14th, 2017 by Bill Dance

Bluegill fishing at Reelfoot Lake is considered one of the best in the State with the average size near 0.45 pounds and anglers harvesting between 1.5 and 2.0 fish/hour; the catch rates by anglers are around 2.0 fish/hour, so action is pretty steady. Larger bluegill in the half pound to three quarter pound range are seen but not common.  Bank fishing is limited at Reelfoot Lake although there are several piers on the south shoreline that provide bank fishing opportunity.  Reelfoot Lake has four distinct basins connected by channelized ditches and all four are considered good bluegill areas with the lower two basins receiving the most pressure.  Anglers utilize the dependable cricket, but also use the little grizzly (1/32 or 1/64) and my personal favorite, a Bass Pro Shops 1/16 oz. Marabou jig with a wax worm and slip float.  Cypress tree fishing is common although many of the guides have identified bluegill beds in specific areas.  Water temperatures are typically in the upper 70’s to lower 80’s early to mid-June so take the time to enjoy the largest natural lake in the state of Tennessee.  Reelfoot Lake is a beautiful scenic body of water that was formed by an earthquake back in 1812.

For more information contact guide Jackie Van Cleave 731-431-9700 on Reelfoot Lake.  He’s one of the best and can give you the latest on what’s going on or even guide you on a trip you’ll never forget!

Bill Dance

Tennessee

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