Bass Fishing Tips in West Tennessee in October

Bass Fishing Tips in West Tennessee in October
Tennessee offers many bass fishing opportunities during the fall. The state has many lakes, ponds and rivers in its western region, which support different species of bass including largemouth, smallmouth, white and yellow. Tennessee Sportsman Magazine proudly calls the Volunteer State the "Best all-around smallmouth state" in the nation. Cast your line with some helpful bass fishing tips.


The 15,400-acre Reelfoot Lake is an excellent bass hotspot in Tennessee. The lake is located in the northwest part of the state in Samburg. The average depth is only 5.2 feet and the deepest area is just 18 feet, providing anglers an abundance of natural fish hatcheries with numerous species of gamefish. All About Fishing in Tennessee recommends the lake for bass fishing.

Primary gamefish include largemouth bass and yellow bass. Other species include catfish, bream and crappie. Bass fishing is productive each fall where it is common for anglers to catch bass up to 5 pounds. Spinnerbaits are a popular lure in Reelfoot as their structure works really well for the lake's many stumps.

Reelfoot Lake State Park
2595 State Route 21E,
Tiptonville, TN 38079


Crankbaits are effective for bass fishing during the fall. Tennessee Sportsman Magazine recommends crankbaits as the best lure for smallmouth bass because they imitate shad very well. These lures are also effective in larger water bodies where shad are a prime forage item. These areas are the spots where smallmouth bass like to feed best during the fall months. A selection of different crankbait types and colors is effective for productive bass fishing.


A medium to medium-light action rod that is in the 6.5- to 7-foot length is very effective for fall bass fishing, according to Game & Fish magazine. This applies to both casting and spinning gear. Set the drag on the heel properly and avoid a rod that is too stiff. A rod without some flex in its tip can be ripped free. A braided line is effective also as long as the drag is set properly. This will increase your casting distance and will allow deep diving crankbaits to go even deeper.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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