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Latest change in temperature ‘cools’ down much lake activity

Latest change in temperature ‘cools’ down much lake activity

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 9:40 am
By: By BRENT CALLICOTT

Latest change in temperature ‘cools’ down much lake activity

Olivia and Jonathan Bellini of Thompson Station, TN (grandchildren of Rob and Lou Joyner) each caught a 5 pound catfish at a local pond. It was five year old Olivia’s first time fishing.  Looks like these two are on their way to being great fisher folks
Seems old man winter’s is still flirting with our area. 
Man, this week’s cool spell reminds me of how much I really like the warm weather — even the hot weather opposed to the cold weather.
On Wednesday morning, a cool low temperature of 42 degrees reminded all of us how ready we all must be that warm weather gets here and stays for a few months.
This past weekend’s stormy Saturday along with a windy Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, kind of makes for a tough trip out if you’re a fisherman.
Seems the weather has and will take another downturn this weekend with windy, stormy and rainy conditions. Along with this will come warmer weather.
I want to encourage anyone who is a boater, fisherman or just enjoys any area lake or body of water to always check the weather forecast before going out.
My reports are very limited this week mainly due to this past week’s terrible weather. However, I will touch on a few things going on in our area as well as my new purchase for my boat, a state of the art marine electronics side imaging.
But first, what information I have on Reelfoot Lake is as follows:
Water temperatures on Reelfoot Lake at mid-week were in the 63 to 66 degree range. That’s down a few degrees from recent days and weeks.
Overall, the water color is good. Some areas of the lake are a little more stained than others. That is mainly due to the recent high winds. Then, there are areas that are more protected from the winds where the water is very clear.
Water levels on Reelfoot Lake are still around two to maybe four inches above the normal.
I talked with several crappie fishermen this past weekend around the first of the week and the crappie bite has slowed down, but at the same time, the bluegill bite has picked up.
The bass bite is in the later stages of the spawn and now heading pot-spawn.
As I stated earlier, Humminbird Marine Electronics, of which I am a member of their field pro staff along with another one of their sister companies, MinnKota Trolling Motors, has come up with marine electronics that are — in my opinion — like no other.
I recently installed one of the new state of the art Humminbird 898 side image sonar on my boat. All I can say is wow. This is almost unfair to the fish. 
For my money, Humminbird has developed a piece of marine electronics for the general public that is unreal to say the least.  Two words — side image —  would take the entire column to explain and then some but I will do my best in a short explanation.
Side imaging sonar produces dramatically detailed and recognizable images of underwater objects and the bottom of the lake.
These images allow anglers to pinpoint habitat, structure and drop-offs, which are prime holding areas for fish. With a coverage area of up to 480 feet side-to-side, anglers can search more water in less time to find the most promising areas to fish.
Now, down imaging has been added. Basically, one is now looking at something under water from the side and the top.
Along with that state of the art technology comes a nice price tag. These units have a starting price of $1,000 and they range up to $3,000.
Remember on May 8, the annual St. Jude Buddy Bass Tournament will take place on Reelfoot Lake. This event will start at the Kirby Pocket area with all of the proceeds raised going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis.  For more information, contact Gordon Fox or Jimmy White at 885-5541.
Also, don’t forget the Lake Road School Fishing Expo set for today from 5-7 p.m. at the school. There will be several folks on hand that are experienced fishermen from this area as some Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency agents to speak about boating safety.
In hunting news, Dr. Rob Jordan of Union City bagged a turkey that was in the 22 to 23 pound class late Sunday afternoon. According to the good doctor, the bird had one inch spurs and it was doubled bearded.
I have never seen such a turkey and it drew a few onlookers when he stopped by my parents home including my daughter, Gracyn, and Braxton Burnett, son of Becky and Wynn Burnett.  Great Going Rob.
 I also want to take this time to wish my fishing friend, Billy Davis of Union City a speedy recovery. Billy was attending a baseball game of a family member in Franklin last week when he suffered a heart attack. Billy is now home resting, doing better and the doctors are getting him back on his feet. Get well soon Billy. Your fishing friends miss seeing you around.
That’s all for this week report. If would like to share your outdoor hunting or fishing experience or story with us and our readers, simply e-mail me at brentcallicott@gmail.com or call me at 446-3678.  You can also drop photos off at The Messenger office on Jackson Street.
 ’Til next week report..
Catch ya on the water folks…
Brent Callicott

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