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reelfoot lake fishing report

Reelfoot Lake Fishing Report for:
March 15, 2012

    Reelfoot Lake is about a foot above pool level.  The normal lake level is 282.20. Water color is in good shape, stained a good color overall for fishing. Surface temps this week were in the 58 to 60 degree range.

The weather has been unbelievable. Above average temperatures and light winds have been generous to March fishermen as the norm is to dodge gale winds and stubborn cold fronts sandwiched between a few brief warm spells.

Spawning phases for bass and crappie are rapidly approaching and will no doubt be early this year if drastic weather changes donít occur and put the brakes on this unusual weather pattern. Traditionally, crappie begin spawning in early April with a peak around the second week but anglers have every reason to expect that timetable to be moved up this spring.

   Bluegill: Slow: With the warm weather the bluegill could turn on any day around the shore and beds.

   Crappie: Good: Anglers report some dandy stringers coming from 2 to 4 foot water around the trees. The black crappie are spawning. Some crappie are still being caught trolling jigs and minnows in 6-8' water.    Remember, the limit is 30 Crappie per day per man. There are no size limits on Reelfoot Lake.

   Bass: Good: The bass are under the influence of warm days that have triggered movement toward spawning territory. Bass fishermen are having success tossing spinnerbaits, suspending jerk baits and even some topwater presentations in the forms of floating fluke style worms.

  Catfish: Slow

  Stripes: A few caught while crappie fishing

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