Reelfoot Tennessee Tips

Crappie will hang around existing structures and from what I know of Reelfoot lake if you sink your boat on a tree that is most likely a good spot.

Lakes formed from natural events in the last 300 years have a simple rule: fish the shallows in the spring and give up during the rest of the year. This works when you are dealing with expectations but fish really do bite all year round, it’s just harder to catch them in the off seasons. Crappie like you and me will eat all year round so you just need to take advantage of that.

When late spring and fall set in you are best to follow the bait fish. Knowing where the bait is will tell you where the crappie are, and to hook one just be a bait fish that is falling behind a little bit. This really isn’t that hard, look for what the minnows and other bait are eating and place your bait right at the edge of the bait pool.

If that doesn’t work start trolling the lake Reelfoot lake is shallow and fish will school when they are not spawning so take this to your advantage. Drag a slow jig around the shallow edges of the lake and be sure to play out any bites you get.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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