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APRIL 11, 2014 Crappie are moving into the shallows. They have been using minnows around trees. Bass are shallow also. These bass were caught in the channel by our units at the South location.   

         

December 28, I know it is duck hunting season but the lake is full of fisherman now, too. They are catching crappie drifting with minnows and jigs.

 

August 3, Jan from La. caught this nice bass fishing off the dock at our North Location. This time of year is good for largemouth bass fishing. 
                     

May 9    Sandy and Rick caught some nice crappie in the lilypads at the north location using minnows. They also had catfish. Maryann caught a 5 1/2 lb. catfish along with some crappie and bluegill.

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April 12 Charles and friend caught some nice crappie on their recent trip to Reelfoot.
                                

The Wolford party from Ohio caught some nice fish on April 9th. The crappie are moving into the shallows getting ready for the big spawn. A few bluegills are starting to bite since the water has started to warm. Largemouth bass are doing in the shallows, also. This picture the crappie were caught fishing on the North location in the shallow part of Reelfoot Lake.                            Adam and Ken
                                                                         

March 31, The Whittler party from Illinois caught some nice crappie fishing from the North location the 29th

                                            

February 25, 2013 The Moesner group from Ill. caught some nice crappie on the Upper Blue Basin (North) using jigs fishing 3-31/2 feet deep. Right on the edge of the channel. The crappie weighed over 1lb. each.

February 18, 2013 The lake is normal pool now with the rain we had last month. No more stumps showing now. We had fisherman in this weekend and they caught crappie, catfish and largemouth bass. Fishing is off to a good start right now. We are taking reservations daily for spring so hurry and book your trip.

October 20, 2012 The lake is still low but fishing is improving for the crappie. They are using minnows jigging around the stumps. Bluegill are slow. Catfish are always biting. We have had a few bass fisherman staying with us and catching bass around the logs and duckblinds. 

September 6, 2012 Finally, we got some rain from the Hurricane. It has rained almost two inches this week and more on the way. That should bring the lake level up. Cooler weather all next week and the crappie should start biting. As always, we are still catching catfish. I haven't seen or heard of anyone catching any bluegills.

August 14, 2012 Catfish are still doing good. The crappie are still slow but these cooler nights should help. Large mouth bass are slow but white spinner baits works good. We still need rain but not as much as we got in 2010.

July 13, 2012 Friday the 13th wasn't unlucky for the Jordan Party from Millington, Tn. They caught over 40 catfish the biggest weighing 9.1. They were using yo-yo's and had a trotline out. The boys, Thomas and Brandon pulled in the big one.
               

June 29,2012 The Blasdel Party from Illinois caught some nice catfish on the North end over the weekend. They fished with rod and reels and trotlines. It was 98 at 11:00 am when they came in from fishing. It is going to be hot all week. Crappie are deep and bluegill are slow. This year has been really strange starting in March when the temps got in the 90's. We started getting dry in April with no rain putting us in an extreme drought. The stumps are showing good now which will make it good on fishing around them. Click on pictures to enlarge.
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April 14, 2012 Randy, Donnie and Tommy from Mt. Sterling, Ky. got into the catfish. The wind was blowing bad but they put out yo-yo's.

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April 8, 2012 Crappie caught this week end.

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April 7, 2012 The Gregory family from Indiana caught some nice black crappie and catfish in the lily pads at the North location. Aaron and Andrew got in the fun, too.
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April 2, 2012 Well, it's that time of year and the fish are ready to start spawning. The bluegill are running bigger than normal. The crappie are on the beds. Hal and Craig from Georgia caught some nice bass using spinner baits.
                                        


Feb, 2012   February is the month when many of the biggest crappies are caught. After what has been a relatively small shad kill, all predators are probably very aggressive. Most crappie fishing will be done as one uses hand poles in the larger basins where marked stumps are prolific. The Upper Blue Basin has been especially good with crappie being caught as shallow as two feet! The depth just depends on the day. This time of year, sunlight will draw them to shallower depths for the warmer waters. Even then, trolling must be extremely slow. Dark colored jigs and small minnows will be favored. Bass fishermen should look for a strong warming trend.

 

Jan.7, 2012 Happy New Year! You would not believe the people fishing right now. I believe there are more fisherman on the lake than duck hunters. I have talked to several that are catching the limit of crappie. It looks the hot spot is the North (upper blue basin) end of the lake. It is more wind protected and the reports are bigger crappie are caught on that end of the lake. This picture was taken in front of the store on the 5th of January. I counted 30 boats.

                                   

           Oct. 7, 2011 Finally, the crappie are starting to bite. The water temperature is around 73 and you can jig around the stumps are drag out in the open water. They are starting to move shallow to the cooler water. Just be patient and wait for them to bite. Mr. Brim caught some nice crappie and a few catfish.

           

 Sept.17, The crappie are slowly starting to bite. The cooler weather and water temperature should start more action with the fish. The White's from Ill. caught some fish on their recent trip.

                    

 

 Eric and Donovan caught a large mouth Bass and crappie off the pier at the North on the 6th of August

 

Here is a picture of the catfish Donny caught. He was using Sonny's catfish bait and night crawlers

July 27, Gail caught this nice bluegill fishing off the pier at Sportsman's North. It weighed 9oz. Her husband Donny has caught 19 catfish off of the pier.
                             

July 11, James and party from Missouri caught a nice catfish on there morning out. They were using night crawlers. Maybe they will catch some bluegill this afternoon.
                              

June 28, The bluegill are biting around trees and out from the bank. Crickets seem to work the best. Crappie are in about 5 foot of water drifting using minnows. Largemouth Bass are around duck blinds, logs, docks. White spinner baits work best. Catfish are hitting good using Sonny's catfish bait. Dale and his friend from Ky. caught 120 bluegill this week visiting us at our North location.

 

June 3,  The Matzenbacher group left today. They have made an annual trip to Sportsman's for 10 years or more. They are from Waterloo, Il. This year they took home 403 bluegill after 3 days of fishing. Which wasn't to good for them. Last year it was around 700. I told them the duck might be a little tough.
               

April 15, The Graham's from Tennessee caught some nice crappie. The weather has been bad this April with a lot of wind but the crappie are still trying to spawn and are moving into the shallows.

      April    Guide Josh had a real good day. Call us to book Josh. He charges $200.00 a day for two people.

              

April 2, The Briggs party from Tennessee had a fun trip fishing for crappie. One crappie weighed close to 3lbs.
                             

 

March 27, The Howard party from Smiths Grove, Ky. caught some nice crappie, catfish and a few strippers on a cold windy day. They were fishing with minnows at the north end. They were fishing in 5 foot of water about 3 feet down.
                                                            

March 24, We had a cold front push in but the Mahuron party went out and caught some nice crappie, strips and a nice catfish.   Nathan caught a nice 8 1/2lb.catfish.

       

 

MARCH 11, It was a little windy on the lake but at least the temperature came up and and the sun came out. We had two guides that went out and caught some nice crappie and even a largemouth bass.
                   

                   Brian Rice took the Merrimar party out and caught a nice bass around the trees and Josh took the     Saunders group out and little Grant won the biggest fish bet.

 

MARCH 8, THE LAKE IS LOOKING GOOD AND CRAPPIE ARE BITING. COME ON DOWN AND CATCH YOU SOME TAGGED CRAPPIE. SPORTSMAN'S RESORT NORTH HAS ONE TAGGED FISH WORTH $250.00.HERE IS A PICTURE OF GUIDE JOSH WITH SOME CRAPPIE HE CAUGHT YESTERDAY. HE SAID HE WAS FISHING 16 INCHES DEEP IN 6 FOOT OF WATER AT THE NORTH END.
                    

FEBRUARY 27, FINALLY, WE GOT RAIN AND LOTS OF IT. The lake level is almost normal and probably will be after tonight's storms. Crappie are biting with reports of some weighing 2lbs. We are filling up fast on our rooms, so hurry and book for spring if you haven't already.

January 2011, A hunting guides kayak sank and he was lucky enough to get on one of the stumps to get rescued. The wind was rough on the South end when he got in trouble.

November 11, The lake is still getting lower. We might need to start doing a rain dance. The fish are biting with reports of people getting their limits. Mr. Mackey got caught with over his limit yesterday and had to pay a fine. Here is a picture of some fish they caught earlier. Mr. Mackey and Mr. Brimm. Everybody is fishing different. Some are jigging around the stumps with minnows and jigs or just using a jig. Pink jigs were hot lately.
                   

                                                                           David and Galon from Illinois

October 8, The lake is getting lower and stumps are getting higher. I guess that's a good thing because now you can see them better and know where to fish the crappie. Off and on all week people where catching their limit of crappie. Some are averaging a pound or more.

September 12, The lake level is low but fishing is good. Now you can see the stumps where the fish hang out at. The stumps are showing from one end of the lake to the other.

September 2, The Hamer's from Indiana caught some nice catfish. They were fishing with night crawlers in 1 foot of water at the North Location.

                 

June 14, 2010. Louie, the Grizzly Man, and friend John went fishing in the morning and caught a nice mess of bluegill and even a couple of crappie. They were using Grizzly Jigs (of course) and wax worms, fishing about 10 feet from the banks. They picked up the crappie jigging around the trees. It is hot but you can fish in the mornings and then in the late afternoon and still get in 8 hours of good fishing. The catfish are biting good, also.
                                                   

May 27, 2010. The crappie are still biting good on minnows and they are using yoyo's and stink bait for the catfish. Also, the bluegill are biting real good and most are on the beds.

May 15, 2010. The bluegills are on the beds. People are catching 70 or 80 fish a day with crickets or wax worms. They are in the Lilly pads, along the banks and docks. Come on down and get in the fun of catching some big bluegills. Crappie are still spawning, too. Catfish are biting. Now is the time to come.

April 8, 2010. The bluegill are biting. They have been catching them on crickets and wax worms. The crappie are getting ready to spawn they are moving in the shallows. They have been using minnows on the crappie.

March 16,2010 The Briggs boys from Tennessee caught some pretty nice crappie on their recent trip.   

 

March 26, 2010 Guide Josh took the Mahuron's out fishing from Campbellsburg, In. They had a good day. They were using just a minnow on a hook.
                       Also this group of guys caught some on the North end.

                                                                                                

February 25, 2010 This weather has been crazy this year. We are starting to warm up gradually. This week we will be getting in the 50's I hope. The crappie have been biting all winter. The lake froze a few weeks in January but it thawed out pretty quick and the locals were back out fishing like crazy. Mostly on the upper blue basin fishing in about 9 feet of water and catching the crappie about 3 feet down with minnows.

September 7, Happy Labor Day everyone. Mr. Jordan and his family along with Thomas caught a lot of catfish during the weekend holiday. I believe last count they had around 70 total. This picture is what they brought in Monday morning. The count was around 25.
                               

 

July 25, Jerry, Jimmy and Billy from Tennessee caught some nice catfish today. Yesterday they had even more. They are using trotlines and yo yo's baited with nightcrawlers on the North Location. Where are you Donnie?
                   

June 6, B. Avery caught his limit of crappie fishing the upper Blue Basin (North Location) He was using blue and white tube jigs, tipped with a minnow. He was fishing about 3 feet deep over the stumps.

                           

May 3, The crappie and bluegill are trying to spawn. People have been fishing in the rain the last couple of days. They are catching crappie in about 4ft. of water and the gills are moving into the banks and the lily pads.

                  

 

March 22, Everybody caught crappie today. The Delap's from Wi. had a good day. The crappie are moving in to the shallow water and are full of eggs. Minnows with crappie jigs are working good. Dark colored tube jigs.
                  

March 7, Finally we have gotten the limbs up after the storm. There will be plenty of new fish beds around the lake with all the limbs that fell around the banks. The Ditto family are down for a 3 day fishing trip. They caught some nice crappie on the 5th of March at the North location. They were fishing shallow and caught crappie that were full of eggs. They were using minnows and black and chartreuse jigs. They were in about 3 ft. of water. The shallow water warms up quicker than the deep and the fish start feeding earlier for the spawn. The wind has been a factor at the South location the last couple of days. So if you are coming to Reelfoot head to the Upper Blue Basin for crappie right now.
                                       Chad and Larry
                           

February 24, We are still cleaning up after the bad ice storm of 2009. Everybody is trying to crappie fish right now. We have had one front after another come through. This week the weather is suppose to level out and start warming up. Watch and go to our local weather on the home page. I went around to some of the boat ramps yesterday and talked to some of the fisherman coming in off the lake on the South end and they reported it to be slow because of the wind, which can be a factor on that big body of water. The men fishing the North end were doing better, some had their limits, and other were catching big nice crappie. They were just dragging with several poles using minnows. Patience is the rule. You have to wait for them to bite. Sometimes they will bite in the mornings or they bite better later in the day. You just have to be out in the boat fishing and wait for them to decide when to go after that bait.

January 11, Local fisherman are hitting the water on nice days. Reports are coming in of some nice crappie caught. Right now they are fishing all of the lake.
            

November 8,2008 The Motley group was here again and caught some nice crappie and a big bass. The crappie was 15 inches. They were fishing around the stumps.
                       

October 14, We are catching a lot of catfish. They are using yo yo's, limb lines, trotlines and just plain old fishing poles. The crappie are biting when the weather is right. The wind as been out of the east the last couple of days. You know the saying "they bite the least when the wind is out of the east". Here is a picture of Mr. Ginn and his grandsons Connor and Mason with some nice catfish. The lake is real low right now and they got on top of a stump last evening coming to the dock. Bill had to go out and help get them off. They were stuck on it pretty good.
                        

September 17, Well, we survived the wrath of Ike only losing the top of one side of our boat shed. 

The cooler nights are starting to get the fish biting. Our guests this week are catching a lot of catfish. Donnie Moore and his family caught over 20 catfish off the dock. Mr. Meece caught his using Yoyo's tied to some trees in front of his cabin.
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June 1, Bluegill, catfish, and Largemouth Bass are doing good. Yesterday everybody brought in  catches of 50 or more on Bluegill (no limit on them). Mostly using crickets and wax worms. Crappie are biting in deeper water drifting over stumps with minnows. Large mouth bass are hitting white spinner baits around duck blinds and logs. Lots of people are using limb lines on the catfish and stink baits. Now is the time to come, the fishing is hot at Reelfoot now!!!!!

May 21, Crappie and bluegill are spawning. The largemouth bass are through with the spawn have moved in around duck blinds, docks, any kind of structure. People have said over and over that they are catching some of the biggest bluegill they have ever seen.
                

April 27, The crappie are still moving in to spawn and the bluegill are biting better each day. I have had a lot of reports of big big bluegill.
                     

April 23, Sorry, it has been so long between reports but we have been soooo busy. Here is a picture taken yesterday. Jimmy took the Basden party from Illinois out and caught a little of everything. The crappie are trying to spawn and the bluegill are starting to be caught. They had some nice catfish, too. They had some huge bluegill that went close to a pound each. They were fishing in the lily pads at the north end.
                       

March 22,Roger caught this nice crappie. The crappie are getting ready moving into the shallows.
                     

March 21, Mike and Bill did it again.
                         

March 20, Mike and Bill from Ohio got some crappie and yellow strippers fishing in the shallow water in Burnt Woods. The crappie are full of eggs, it won't be long before the spawn.
                           

March3 It is raining today with another cold front coming but the fish are biting. Mike from Glen Carbon, Il. caught this 7lbs. catfish off the dock.
                                 

TODAY (26TH) IS WINDY AND THEY ARE FISHING MAINLY AT THE WIND PROTECTED NORTH LOCATION. THE CRAPPIE TOURNAMENT IS MARCH 1 AND EVERYBODY IS GETTING READY FOR THAT.

FEB.24TH. THE CRAPPIE ARE BITING OFF AND ON BECAUSE OF THE FRONTS THAT KEEP COMING. ONE DAY WE ARE 60 AND THE NEXT 20 DEGREES. SATURDAY THE 23RD WAS A GOOD DAY. THEY WERE CATCHING THEM 41/2 FEET DEEP AT THE EDGE OF THE CHANNEL AT THE NORTH END WITH MINNOWS. THEY HAD SOME CRAPPIE WEIGHING 1 1/2 TO 2 LBS. 
ON THE SOUTH THEY ARE CATCHING THEM OFF OF GREEN ISLAND POINT ABOUT 7 FEET DEEP. 

OCT. 26TH. WE HAVE HAD RAIN ALL WEEK AND THE LAKE IS UP. CRAPPIE AND BASS ARE BITING, ALSO CATFISH. THE RAIN AND COOLER TEMPERATURES AT NIGHT HAVE GOT THE LAKE IN GOOD SHAPE. I HAVE SEVERAL REPORTS OF PEOPLE CATCHING THERE LIMIT ON CRAPPIE.

OCT. 11, FINALLY, WE ARE GETTING COLDER WEATHER. THE NIGHTS ARE IN THE UPPER 40'S AND LOW 50'S JUST WHAT WE NEED TO BRING THE WATER TEMPERATURE DOWN AND MAKE THE CRAPPIE START BITING. I HAD REPORTS YESTERDAY OF SOME NICE CRAPPIE CAUGHT SO FALL FISHING HAS STARTED. IF YOU HAVEN'T MADE RESERVATIONS YET YOU BETTER HURRY, WE HAVE THE CRAPPIE TOURNAMENT COMING UP OCTOBER 17TH.

 

AUGUST 26, PEOPLE ARE CALLING WANTING TO KNOW HOW LOW THE LAKE LEVEL IS SO I TOOK SOME PICTURES THIS MORNING. THIS IS AT THE NORTH END. WE ARE ABOUT 2 FOOT DOWN FROM SPRING IF YOU HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE YOU CAN TELL THAT BY THE PICTURE OF OUR DOCK. WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY RAIN MUCH AT ALL SINCE JULY 1ST. PEOPLE ARE CATCHING CRAPPIE AND CATFISH RIGHT NOW. CRAPPIE, OF COURSE, ARE AROUND THE STUMPS. I HAVE AN OLD PICTURE OF HOW LOW THE LAKE USE TO GET YEARS AGO AROUND THE 60'S. T.W.R.A. HAS BEEN KEEPING THE LAKE LEVEL HIGH EVER SINCE THEY TRIED TO DO THE DRAW DOWN OF THE LAKE IN THE EARLY 80'S
  

APRIL 10, We've had a little cold snap down here in the south, but things are warming back up. Look for the crappie in shallow water where the water temps are warmer and the fish are moving into. The north end of the lake is the best place to fish right now. Fish around the trees jigging a minnow or drag out in the open water over the stumps. Big bluegill are also biting around the duck blinds and the trees. A customer reported he caught some of the biggest bluegill he has ever seen.

APRIL 1, Mike and Lonnie went with guide Quint and had a good day. They caught their fish on the North end jig fishing with wax worms around the trees. Fishing about 18 inches deep.
                   

MARCH 26, The Loy party caught some nice crappie with guide Quint
                   

MARCH 25, Mike and partner Bill caught some nice crappie are their fishing trip.
                       

MARCH 23, The wind finally died down and the crappie fishing really picked up. Everybody caught some nice crappie. Some 2 1/2 lbs. Most people are jigging around the lily pads and trees. Some are dragging out in the deeper part with spider rigs. However you like to fish come and try to catch some of these big crappie. One customer said the other day "it is some of the biggest crappie and bluegill I have ever caught"

MARCH 22, The largemouth bass are hitting in Starve Pond and Burnt Woods. Crappie are moving in the shallows getting ready to spawn, bluegills are around the duck blinds biting on jigs and wax worms.
Ed Hargis caught his limit Bass March 21        Bill and Fay Ebert caught these nice crappie March 12

         

JANUARY 25, The crappie have been hitting real good. The locals have been fishing like crazy catching those big slabs. Bill went out today and caught a nice mess of crappie fishing the north end drifting and fishing about 5 to 7 feet deep with a minnow.
                    

November 16, The Smith group was here and I didn't get any pictures of their fish but I got a nice group picture of them. Hi, guys!
                          

November 11, Tim Motley's group from Ohio caught some nice crappie and bluegill fishing the north end.
             

November 4th The crappie, bluegill and stripped bass are biting like crazy in the ditch at the north end. Groups are catching 200 fish a day. Now is the time to be here. They are catching them using minnow, jigs, and wax worms in shallow water. 

HONEYMOONERS, TONY AND BETH, CAUGHT SOME NICE CRAPPIE SEPTEMBER 25 WITH GUIDE, BIG JOHN. WE HAD A LOT OF RAIN SO THE WATER WAS PRETTY MURKY. THEY HAD AROUND 20 CRAPPIE, STRIPPERS AND ONE BIG CATFISH.
                  

Sept. 4th Tony and Tammy got their limit of crappie along with some strips.
   

"I had the limit of crappie and twenty six cat fish and seven brim." This was August 28th .R. M. Mackey 
                   

August 20, R.M. Mackey caught this nice mess of crappie. He caught them in the morning fishing shallow around the stumps.

June 19, Dianna Young caught this nice bass fishing the north end of Reelfoot Lake. It weighed 5.9lbs.

April 27, The weather seems to be getting better and so is the fishing. We are catching crappie still is the shallow water. It looks like the spawn is still on. The bluegill are staring to move in to the banks. We are catching some big bluegill on crickets and wax worms. The guides today were catching crappie using minnows and jigs. Lots of catfish are caught on limb lines. Bass are still shallow around Burnt Woods and Starve Pond.
                  

               Guide Bradley Gooch with        Phillip Duncan from Ill. 
             group from Clarksville, Tn.        I finally updated my page!

March 28, The crappie are moving to the shallow water getting ready to spawn. These crappie were caught in the ditch at the north end in about 2 foot of water
                              

October 12, The crappie are biting and so are the bass. Zack and Lee Ann didn't get there picture taken with any fish but they had fun playing with the camp dog Rascal

July 22, Here is Bradley and Ryan from Southern Illinois with some crappie and bluegill they caught today. Dad's got the fun job of cleaning the fish while the boys went swimming.
                     

July 19, The bluegills are getting ready to spawn again. Some people think they only spawn once, which isn't true. They spawn sometimes 4 times during the season. I have caught them on the beds in August. The Matzenbacker couple from Waterloo, Il. just left and they were catching 60 and 70 bluegill a day. Some people say it gets too hot for the fish to bite, which isn't true also, it might get too hot for the fisherman but not the fish. This time of year we fish early in the morning and late afternoon. You still can get a good eight hours fishing done in a day. Large mouth bass are hitting good right now. They are laying around duck blinds, logs, and in the grass. White spinner baits are working good. They are catching catfish with yo-yo's and fishing off the bottom. Sonny's catfish bait works good, also nightcrawlers.

June17, Don and Leigha brought their niece Skyler fishing with them this year. She had a good time. Leigha, maybe next year you will catch that big catfish that has been teasing with you for the past 5 years.

April 1, Harry and friends were down for another year and caught some nice crappie.
                        

March 23,2005 They have been catching crappie in the shallow and deep water. The crappie on the north end are full of eggs and look like they could drop them anytime if the water temp gets a little warmer. The shallow water is warming up around Burnt Woods and Brewer's Bar. They have been trolling using blue and white jigs with a minnow. Don't forget to use the power bait. It works real good. Larry and his son just left and caught these nice crappie on the 22nd.
                                      

February 22, The crappie are still hitting. We have had some fronts move in and out and slow them down some days, but over all crappie fishing so far has been great. Mr. Lee from Ind. won the big fish bet of the day with this nice crappie fishing on the North end.
                 

February 4, THE CRAPPIE ARE BITING GREAT. EVERYONE IS CATCHING SOME MONSTER CRAPPIE. MOSTLY ON THE WIND PROTECTED NORTH END OF THE LAKE. THEY ARE TROLLING REAL SLOW USING MINNOWS AND JIGS.                     

January 9, The weather was beautiful, temps in the upper 50's and the crappie were biting. Reports of 70 being caught by one boat. They are fishing all over the lake, deep water and shallow. Remember that the shallow water warms up quicker and the fish get more active feeding. Right now is a great time to fish, the winds were calm. You may not get too many calm days in late March or early April unless you are fishing on the North where it is more wind protected. Why wait? You can only catch 30 a day in March the same as now. Check out our February special and don't forget about the Crappie Tournament coming up soon.

November 7, Steve Neel and his dad, Jim, who has been one of our customers since 1985, did some crappie and bluegill fishing. Steve caught this nice crappie fishing on the north end in the ditches.
                                  

November 6, Jason, Mark and Jeff from Middleton, Ohio got into some nice crappie. They said they caught them in the Bayou De Chein ditch mostly in the morning fishing in the shallow water using minnows. We had several guest catch 40 or more bluegill in the ditch. Some went up to Starve Pond and Burnt Woods.

The Eldridge group from Crown Point, In. caught 47 Oct. 16th fishing with guide Bobby Goodman on the North end of Reelfoot Lake.

October 25, The crappie are still biting slow..... Mr. Cliston and friend caught a few yesterday. 
                

October 16,2004, The crappie are slowly starting to bite. We are catching crappie moving in the shallow water now. They are starting to move in the ditches which is a good sign they are starting to feed. Large mouth Bass are hitting good now, too. Most people use white spinner baits for the bass and minnows for the crappie. I haven't seen many slab crappie yet but they should start biting any day now. The water temperature is dropping and the lake is low. So if you are thinking about bringing your own boat just remember all the stumps out their.

 

August 30, Greg and Donald from Ill. got lucky when someone gave them these nice catfish.

June 19, The bluegills are still biting. Here is a picture of Steve Cravens with a nice mess of fish. He only fished a couple of hours. Steve guides for us and he will put you on a bunch of bluegill. Just call us to set up a trip. We are offering a guided fishing trip now. Check it out here
                      

May 21, The bluegills are on the bed. They are catching them in the grass, around trees, in the lily pads. Some are using crickets and some are using grizzly jigs with wax worms. A few are using red worms. We are catching them off the docks around the bank. Come on down and catch some. We never knew when or if the crappie spawned. They are still catching some with eggs in them. Mostly out in the open dragging or fishing around the trees. The crappie get slower as it gets hotter but the bluegill will get better.

April 8,2004  Bob and Ernie are back and they didn't waste anytime finding where the big bass are.
                They had an 28 pounds of bass. 

April 7,2004 The bluegill are biting around the trees. They are catching some nice size fish around trees. The crappie aren't spawning yet, but they are getting close.

 

April 1, 2004 The crappie are getting shallow. It won't be long before the spawn. Have you booked your trip yet. We still have a few openings. Come on down!

March 14,2004, Last week was a little slower on catching the big ones. We had a cold front come in with some rain and wind. They are starting to pick back up now. Here is the Frey group from Sidney, Ohio with some nice ones they caught on the south location.
                                   

March 4 2004, The fish are biting good now. Noody has caught his limit two days in a row. Some people want to know when is the best time to be here and I tell them that if you can catch your limit now why wait to come later. You can't catch any more during the spawning time. 30 is the limit. The weather is the factor on catching crappie. They can be biting good today and a front comes through and they will stop.
                                      

FEBRUARY 26, WE FINALLY GOT A GOOD DAY OF FISHING WITH VERY LITTLE WIND AND THE TEMPERATURE IS CLIMBING. THE WATER TEMP. WAS 50 AND THE CRAPPIE WERE BITING. THE PICTURES BELOW WERE CAUGHT BY OUR GUEST FISHING ON THE NORTH END OF THE LAKE IN THE SHALLOWER WATER. THE CRAPPIE ARE MOVING SHALLOW STARTING TO FEED. THEY WERE CAUGHT USING MINNOWS AND JIGS AND FISHING 3 TO 4 FEET DEEP. WE HAD SOME GUEST WHO WENT ON THE SOUTH END TO FISH AND CAUGHT FISH BUT THEY WERE SMALLER AND NOT AS MANY.        NEEDLESS TO SAY THOSE PEOPLE ARE FISHING THE NORTH END TODAY.
                   

FEBRUARY 22, 2004, THE CRAPPIE HAVE  BEEN BITING FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. THE WEATHER HAS BEEN PLAYING A PART IN CATCHING THE BIG ONES. WE HAVE HAD FRONTS COME AND GO AND THE TEMPERATURES UP AND DOWN. ON THE GOOD DAYS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LIMITING OUT. ON THE SOUTH END THEY ARE FISHING DEEPER USING JIGS AND MINNOWS DRAGGING MOSTLY. ON THE NORTH END THEY HAVE BEEN FISHING IS 5 TO 7 FT. WATER FISHING 2 TO 3 FT. DEEP. MOST HAVE BEEN DRAGGING WITH MINNOWS. 
WE HAD OUR FIRST FISH FRY THURSDAY. JEAN AND NOODY CAUGHT SOME WHOPPERS. ONE FILET WAS ENOUGH FOR ME. THEY WERE SO BIG AND THICK. THEIR IS NOTHING BETTER THAN EATING CRAPPIE THIS TIME OF YEAR COMING OUT OF THE COLD, COLD WATER. THEY TASTE BETTER TO ME. 

Shane,
   
    Thank you for the great afternoon on Monday Oct. 13,
2003. John and I really enjoyed it. You are a great guide.
Frank and John
Columbia TN.

                 SEPT. 17  SHANE AND ANDY WENT TODAY AND CAUGHT SOME CRAPPIE. THEY WERE FISHING ON THE NORTH END. DRIFTING IN 6 FEET OF WATER AND FISHING ABOUT 4 FEET DEEP. USING A MINNOW TIPPED WITH A POWER BAIT.  

   The crappie are starting to bite. We have had cooler weather and they are catching some in the lily pads jigging early in the mornings. Also, reports are coming in they are catching them dragging over the stumps. Looks like it is going to be a good fall. You better book now and come on down (or up) and catch some of our big slab crappie or largemouth bass. I'll be posting pictures soon. Are you going to be in one of them????

                      

  Here is a picture of Frank Weaver and partner from Louisville, Ky. They caught these on the 22nd. and the Roeber Party on the 23rd.

                        

THIS IS BLAKE. FAY AND SUE'S GRANDSON

     

April 7 We had a good day today catching fish. Fay and Noody guided and Charles Murphy from Ill. had a good day. One of his fish I weighed was 1'15 and another was 1'8

                      

                                    

 

April 5  Finally the w i n d quit blowing. It has been a tough week to fish. We had a cold front come through last night and the wind slowed down a bit today. Fishing was slow. This was the only thing to get caught that was worth taking a picture of.

                  

March 18 was a good day for everyone. People are starting to catch catfish and even some bluegill now. Crappie are still the number one fish that everyone is really after. They are starting to catch them a little more shallow. 

                        

March14, They were catching fish everywhere today. Some deep. Some shallow. These were caught on the North end today. 

                                         THESE GUYS WENT WITH NOODY.

                                           

March 10, The wind quit blowing enough today for somebody to catch some crappie. The cold front that came slowed fishing down for a couple of days but it looks like this afternoon  things started picking back up. Here is a picture of some guys from Ill. who stayed and stuck it out and caught some crappie this afternoon. They said one guy caught them all but I guess all of them will help eat them.

                    

      

March 7, Somebody thought we were having another crappie tournament on the lake with all the boats. It was just everybody trying to catch some of these big slabs. You need to hurry and book before it is to late.

FEBRUARY 25, BOY, THE WEATHER HAS BEEN TOUGH. WE HAD A FULL HOUSE IN OVER THE  WEEK-END AND FISHING WAS PRETTY SLOW. ANOTHER FRONT CAME THROUGH AND BROUGHT SOME COLD WIND WITH IT. THESE DETERMINED BOYS DIDN'T LET THE WEATHER STOP THEM FROM CATCHING SOME REELFOOT LAKE CRAPPIE. JIMMY, BARRY AND CHARLES DROVE ALL THE WAY FROM VIRGINIA.

FEBRUARY 12, THE LAKE WAS FULL OF FISHERMAN CATCHING CRAPPIE. BOTH SECTIONS OF THE LAKE. DEEP WATER SHALLOW THEY ARE BITING. I TALKED TO TWO LOCALS WHO HAD THEIR LIMIT OF 1 1/2lb. CRAPPIE. THEY ACTUALLY CAUGHT MORE BUT JUST KEPT BIG ONES. I DIDN'T HAVE MY CAMERA ,DARN IT. BETTER MAKE PLANS NOW TO COME ON DOWN. GET'EM WHILE THEY'RE HOT!

NOVEMBER 3, THE COLD WEATHER HAS HIT REELFOOT LAKE AND THE BLUEGILL ARE STILL BITING. THEY ARE CATCHING SOME NICE SIZE BLUEGILL. THEY ARE REALLY THICK. WE ARE CATCHING SMALL CRAPPIE. DON'T KNOW WHERE THE BIG ONES ARE. MAYBE THIS COLDER WEATHER WILL BRING THEM OUT FROM THEIR HIDING SPOTS.

                                                                                                           

               

           

          

                                 

                   

ED AND BUD BROUGHT ENOUGH WALLEYE

DOWN FOR A FISH FRY FRIDAY NIGHT TO FEED THE

WHOLE CAMP ON THE NORTH END. SOMEBODY SAID THEY

DIDN'T KNOW WE HAD WALLEYE IN THE LAKE. (WE DON'T)

              DAVID WANTED THIS PICTURE TO PROVE TO HIS WIFE THAT HE IS FISHING.

HERE IS A NICE E-MAIL FROM ONE OF OUR CUSTOMERS

To everyone at Sportsman's Resort North,
    I just wanted to write to you all, and say "Thank You" !  We were just
down there for a week, and had an excellent time. We have given some good
reviews, here in Michigan, and there are a bunch of us planning a trip back
in a few months. :-)  I attached a couple of our crappie pictures. They were
tasty fish. We will be seeing you again soon.
Take Care and Gob Bless,
     Mike and Aaron Ashcraft     
      Birmingham, Michigan

                                         

 DEBORAH AND JOHNNY FIELDS FROM GOSHEN, KY. CAUGHT 47 BLUEGILLS FISHING AROUND THE TREES IN BREWERS BAR. I DIDN'T GET A PICTURE OF THOSE BUT I DID GET ONE OF THE FISH THEY CAUGHT TODAY WHICH WAS A LITTLE CALMER.                                         

 

THIS IS JERRY AND FRIEND FROM OHIO. THEY HIRED FAY TO GUIDE THEM

                                                                 

 Allen Smith from Chandler, In. got lucky crappie fishing when he caught this 4lb. bass. His family was fishing on the north end.

                                                                                                         

                              

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          joe-johnoct29.jpg (35992 bytes)                   Jean, Noody's wife, caught these crappie by herself while Noody fished with Joe and John. I have tried to get Jean to guide for us but she doesn't want to compete with Noody. (Yeah, right) 

                 

JACK PENNINGTON AND CARL SHEILDS FROM INDIANA CAUGHT THESE NICE CRAPPIE ON OCTOBER 20TH. THEY WERE FISHING WITH OUR GUIDE JIMMY BLINCOE. THEY EVEN HAD SOME BLUEGILL.