Good spring fishing reported at Reelfoot, Kentucky lakes
Posted: Friday, April 23, 2010 8:27 am
By: Brent Callicott
Spring fishing continues to be good in the Reelfoot and Kentucky Lake area — thanks to a long spell of dry and warm weather that everyone has been waiting a long time for. Just a word of warning about the weather today through possibly Sunday, keep an eye to The sky. The forecast has possibly severe weather moving in with large hail, heavy rains, lightning and possible tornadoes. So stay tuned and, if you’re going out on a lake this weekend or any outdoors activity, have a plan in place if the weather turns nasty. Speaking of weather and here we are right in the middle of the severe weather season (spring/early summer), now is a good time to purchase a weather radio — one that you can program the same codes in and works 24 hours a day. These radios are not only for weather but child abductions and government emergency messages. It’s a great investment while you sleep and worth every penny. For more information on what to purchase, you can search online with questions or you can call me and I will direct you to what you need. Now for the reports…. This past weekend’s cold front the came through didn’t help the fishing but didn’t hurt the fishing that badly. Also during this time of year, there are usually several fishing tournaments, most being bass tournaments. Water conditions on Reelfoot Lake are as follows as of the first of this week. Water temps under cloudy conditions on Monday were in the mid- to upper 60s. With the recent passage of a cold front and some cloudy skies, water temps dropped several degrees from the mid-70s last week. Water color continues to be good. Clear now over most areas of Reelfoot. The water level has dropped. I would say that the lake is now around 2 to 3 inches above the normal level but will drop ever-so-slowly over the next few days and weeks if the rains slow down. As I reported last week, I have the results of the annual Walk of Hope Buddy Bass Tournament that was held on Reelfoot Lake this past Saturday out of Kirby Pocket State park area. They had a total of 15 boats to compete in this event. Not the turnout we had all hoped for, being this event was to help raise money for those in need here in Obion County with cancer-related situations. The weather also at the start was not the best, especially the night before and then post-front conditions didn’t help either. First place went to the team of Guy Revell and Chad Snider, both of Union City. They had five bass that weighed 19 pounds 12 ounces. They also won the Big Bass award of the day with a bass that tipped the scales at 5 pounds, 13 ounces. Second place went to the team of Mike Terry of Hornbeak and James “Bubba” Bobbitt of Union City. These guys had five bass that weighed 17 pounds, 14 ounces. Third place went to the father/son team of David Abshire and David Abshire Jr., both of Union City. They had five bass that weighed 16 pound, 15 ounces. The folks that put this event want to thank each of you who fished this tournament and all of the fine sponsors. On Monday, my dad (Lanny) and one of his fishing buddies, Ray Wilson, went crappie fishing on Reelfoot. The bite was a little slower compared to his previous trips. They did have some decent size crappie by the end of the day. The bite on crappie has been a little slower and more sluggish as of late. Ray and Dad then decided to change to a different body of water and fished Kentucky Lake Wednesday for crappie. They didn’t have the best day as for the fishing but the weather was perfect. They boated a few fish and, from the sound of things, others seemed to be having the same problem with a slow bite. On Saturday, the second of five buddy bass tournaments of the Ultimate Fishing Challenge Bass Tourament Trail on Reelfoot Lake has been canceled. The tournament be rescheduled for possibly July 17th. For more information, you can contact Randy Sutton at 573-281-8735 or e-mail him at email@example.com. On April 30th, the Lake Road School PTO will be hosting their inaugural LRS Fishing Expo at the school as a fund-raising event. This event will be from 5-7 p.m. at the school that Friday. This is mainly about either introducing someone to fishing or information about boating, safety on the water and fishing around these parts. Lots of folks will be there for questions and to maybe help someone get started into fishing or the outdoors. Come and join us want you. Also, on May 8th, the Annual St. Jude Buddy Bass Tournament sponsored by Reynolds Brothers Tire & Oil Company will take place on Reelfoot Lake. This event will be out of the Kirby Pocket State Park Ramp area with 100 percent of the proceeds raised going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis. For more information, you can contact Gordon Fox or Jimmy White at 885-5541. Did you know we have a youth trap team here in Obion County? Well, we do. This team is a 4-H Trap Team made up of Obion County area-wide kids who shoot trap competitions. Their head coach is Mike Rinker and assistant coaches are Roger Williams and Mike Holman. This team is made up of students/kids from the ages of 11 through 18 from across the Obion County area. You just have passed the required Hunters Safety Course by the TWRA in order to compete. They currently have 16 to 17 trap shooters on the team. I hope to have names as well as a photo and where these kids shoot in competition in the coming columns, so stay tuned… One last thing. If you need any fishing, boating, hunting or any other information from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency just go to their Web site at www.state.tn.us./twra. This might help you in the future and is loaded with all kinds of information pertaining to the great outdoors in the state of Tennessee. Please remember to pass along to me outdoors stories or photos. We would love to share those with our readers. My number is 731-446-3678 or firstname.lastname@example.org ‘til next week’s report.. catch ya on the water folks. Brent Published in The Messenger 4.23.10
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