Summertime weather arrives early with scattered thunderstorms
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 10:05 am
Also, I would like to pass along that the free fishing day is quickly coming upon us June 12th and along with that comes several free fishing rodeos for the kids and family between now and then.
But first, here is what I have as for the fishing report and conditions down at Reelfoot Lake.
The water level has stabilized and will start to slowly drop if we do not get much rain in June. The water level is very close to the normal level for this time of year.
Water temps are in the 80 to 84 degree range around one foot under the water.
Water condition is good. Some parts of the lake are getting a brownish tint.
The bluegill bite is decent, but has been better. The crappie bite has been good, along with the bass bite. I will go out on a limb and say the bite probably isn’t going to get any better before summer and until next fall. Waxworms, crickets and redworms are working well for bluegill right now. Fish around cypress tree and lily pad patches.
One type of fishing that does get overlooked is catfishing. You can catfish several different ways… by rod and reel, trotline, yo-yo’s and jug fishing just to name some. There are also many types of bait you can use also with many different combinations of scents for your bait.
The crappie are hit or miss. Cooler days might be you best chance. Spider rig method with jigs is working fishing over deep water stumps.
The bass bite is no secret. Fish the same methods used for year. Fishing around cypress trees on the shady side, fish logs and then some lily pad patches. These are the typical summer time fishing pattern. Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, swimming jigs and soft plastics are working well.
Here are the results of last weekend’s Reelfoot Lake Bream Tournament that was hosted by the Reelfoot Lake Junior Bass Club on Reelfoot Lake.
There was 17 boats (two-person teams) to fish the bluegill event.
This year’s winners are as follows: 1st Place went to the team of Jackie Childress and Timmy Vancleave, both of the Reelfoot Lake area. They had their 10 best bluegill to tip the scales at 5.64 pounds. Childress and Vancleave also claimed the Big Bluegill Award — a .76-pounder, basically 3/4 pound Bluegill.
Second place winners were Larry Hayes and Jerry Hayes. They had 10 bluegill that weighed 5.52 pounds.
Third place was the team of Alan Wilson and Shawn Walton. Their 10 bluegill weighed 5.31 pounds.
Congrats to all of the winners.
Just to show the bite was really off, in last year’s tournament, the 10 best bluegill weighed 8.33 pounds with several more stringers close by. That is almost a three-pound difference. There were 14 teams that weighed in a total of 138 bluegill.
Two universities from our area, University of Tennessee at Martin and Bethel University in McKenzie, sent representatives of their respected collegiate bass fishing teams to fish in the 2010 Boat U.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship in Texas last week.
Team members from the UTM Team finished: Grayson Smith and Travis Howell, 80th place with 10.75 pounds; Alex Derry and Rhea Taylor, 124th place with 4.47 pounds.
Team members from Bethel finished: Jacob Hardy and Jake Lawrence, 76th place with 11.11 pounds; Jason Arnold, 114th place with 6.19 pounds.
In this event, there were 150 collegiate teams to fish.
This evening starting roughly at 6:30 p.m., the New Harmony Baptist Church near Paris will be hosting its annual Outdoor Feast. This year’s guest speaker will be Randy Howell, touring BASS Elite Series Bass Fishing Professional. Randy has been fishing professionally for many years and is from Alabama.
This event starts with a free meal, with with many door prizes, and the TWRA will be on hand for deer scoring.
The church is located at 7050 Highway 69A South, Paris. For more information on this event, you can call 731-593-5276 or 731-593-3207.
Also, next week, June 9th-12th, the BassMaster Elite Series Bass Tour will visit Kentucky Lake and Paris Landing State Park area. This is a chance to see some of the best professional fishermen in the industry and a great family time outing. Everything will be held at the Paris Landing State Park Marina area.
The public is invited to attend the daily launches (6 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday) and weigh-ins (3:30 p.m.) at Paris Landing State Park, 16055 Highway 79 N, Buchanan. After Day 2’s competition Thursday, the field will be cut to the top 47 anglers for Day 3. Only the top 12 will go on to compete in Saturday’s Day 4.
Other activities Friday and Saturday at the Tennessee Triumph will begin at 1 p.m. at Paris Landing State Park. All events are free and open to the public.
The local sponsor of the Tennessee Triumph is the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, visit www.bassmaster.com.
Speaking of Kentucky Lake, my dad Lanny and one of his fishing buddies, Ray Wilson, both of Union City, had a successful day crappie fishing Tuesday on Kentucky Lake.
They managed to bring home 43 nice crappie and one catfish. Then, also on Tuesday, Gene Crabtree of Union City brought 26 nice crappie to the bank. Most were caught with jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles and some minnows.
June 12th has been set aside as Free Fishing Day for all of Tennessee, this meaning anyone can go fishing that day without having to purchase a fishing licenses in the state of Tennessee. You can visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for more information.
Also, June 12-18 has been set aside as free fishing week for kids under the age of 15 in the state of Tennessee.
Here are a few free fishing rodeos coming up for our area.
On Saturday, the Reel-foot National Wildlife Refuge located on 4343 Hwy 157 near the Walnut Log Community, will be hosting a free kids fishing rodeo for ages 1 to 12 years old. Registration will start at 7:15 AM that morning with the rodeo festivities concluding around 12 noon. For more information on this event, contact Tara Dowdy at 731-538-2481.
Also Tomorrow, the 5th, the Martin Tennessee Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Martin will be hosting their fishing rodeo. Other sponsors are the Martin Kiwanis Club. This will take place at the Martin Recreation Complex Lake on the south side of Martin. Age limits are from 2 to 14 years old. Times will be 8 a.m. until noon and a rain date has been set for June 12th if needed. For more information, contact Kim Kirby at 731-587-6784.
On June 12th, the longtime running and Annual Steve McCadams Casting For A Cure Fishing Rodeo will take place at TWRA’s Carroll Lake just off of Highway 22 between McKenzie and Huntingdon. Times are set for 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. The age limit is 1 to 15 years old. For more information, you can contact Steve at 731-342-0360.
On June 19th, the Reelfoot Lake Bass Club’s annual Buddy Big Bass Tournament, sponsored by Final Flight Outfitters in Union City, will take place on Reelfoot Lake.
This will be held out of the Kirby Pocket area of the lake.
This tournament will blast off at 6 a.m. with the weigh-in taking place at 11 a.m. This event will reward the people who weigh in the largest bass of the tournament. This is a one fish event where most other bass tournaments have a 5 bass limit.
First, second and third places will be paid for the top 3 largest bass of the day weighed in.
Entry fee is $60 per boat. You can pick up a registration for at Reynolds Brothers in Union City or simply show up the morning of the tournament between the hours of 5 and 6 a.m.
For more information on this tournament, you can call Gordon Fox at 885-541, Rick Kelly at 885-2029 or me at 446-3678.
That is all for this week’s report. Please be sure and call or e-mail me with your information or you can bring your photos by the Union City Messenger office on Jackson Street in Union City.
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Til next week’s report…