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Evaporation an ongoing problem at Reelfoot Lake

Evaporation an ongoing problem at Reelfoot Lake

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 9:45 am
By: Brent Callicott

Evaporation an ongoing problem at Reelfoot Lake | Evaporation an ongoing problem at Reelfoot Lake
Several things to share with you in this week’s column.
First I have the conditions at Reelfoot Lake.
As I stated a few weeks ago, Reelfoot Lake’s water evaporation rate is a quarter inch each day. I am sorry to report but that rate still is in effect.
Reelfoot Lake’s water level has continued to drop each day. Now, Reelfoot has dropped 7 inches in the last 30 days. Navigation is now at a slow pace anywhere on the lake.
It would be safe to say that Reelfoot Lake is at least 12 to 14 inches below the normal.
Water temps are in the 90-degree range.
A note to pass along to you from the National Weather Service. This past July 2010 was the second warmest global wide in history and setting up to be the warmest year, 2010, global year in history.
I do want to pass along that early this past week, it was reported to me and my dad that there was some type of fish kill in the Upper Blue Basin area of Reelfoot Lake, otherwise known as the Walnut Log part of the lake.
From several of the locals who live in that area of the lake, a hard downburst of wind out of the north and north east with winds estimated at around 50 mph, must have caused the lake in that area to stir bad water from the bottom of the lake, mixing with water from the top or vice versa. It all has to do with the oxygen level in the water. This caused a fish kill only reported in that area of the lake.
It is estimated 75 percent of the fish were drum with the remaining being mostly of the sport fish, bluegill, bass, crappie and catfish. Fish were seen floating all over that end of the lake but other areas of Reelfoot were reported as clear.
With that said, the lake’s water isn’t the best and this is usually the case this time of year.
Some bass continue to bite along with a few crappie but otherwise, not many folks fishing right now due to the recent weather trend.
Jumping from Reelfoot to Kentucky Lake. One of my good fishing buddies David Flood and I had a very successful bass fishing trip last Saturday on Kentucky Lake. We boated several bass with our best five weighing at around 19 pounds.
Then on this past Tuesday, I took a trip down to Gibson County Lake near Trenton. I had a good day with my best bass going around the 4-pound mark.
Avid bass angler Ben Parker of Springville and a former resident of the Obion County area is in the Motor City this week fishing his second of 3 Bassmaster Northern Open Bass Tournaments on the Detroit River.
You can follow Ben in this week’s event by going to www.bassmaster.com. Good luck Ben.
A reminder that our friends down at the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Reelfoot Lake are still asking for the public’s help.
The Friends of West Tennessee National Wildlife Refuges are requesting native North American waterfowl mount donations for the West Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Complex to use during educational programs.
These waterfowl mounts will be used strictly for student career fairs, local events such as National Wildlife Refuge week to teach waterfowl identification, a variety of school programs, and mostly for the Jr. Duck Stamp program.
The Jr. Duck Stamp Program introduces youth grades K-12 to the world of waterfowl. Students combine science with art to learn about native north American waterfowl and their habitats.
The students have to research to match the waterfowl’s habitat with the actual species, as well as making sure the plumage of the species coincides with the season they are depicting within their artwork. During the Jr. Duck Stamp program, the donated waterfowl mounts will be displayed in the art classroom for the youth to study and sketch.
The Friends of West Tennessee National Wildlife Refuges requests donated waterfowl mounts be anywhere from fair to excellent condition. For questions, contact Tara Dowdy at the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, 4343 Highway 157, Union City, 731-538-2481 or e-mail Tara at Tara_Dowdy@fws.gov .
I also want to pass along that on Nov. 2, you will have the opportunity when you go to the polls to vote for Tennessee’s Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment.
Why is a Constitutional Amendment necessary? Hunting and fishing have long been a part of Tennessee’s history, lore and culture. This is our chance to protect our outdoor traditions in perpetuity.
Today, hunting and fishing could be banned by a vote in the General Assembly or by a misguided lawsuit. This amendment to the state constitution will provide a strong clarification of an individual’s right to hunt and fish in Tennessee, should these traditions be challenged in a court of law. The added level of protection would be significant, as it does not currently exist.
Tennessee’s landscape is changing. Political winds are constantly shifting. We have an opportunity to secure this right before it’s too late.
You can learn more about this amendment by going to the website at www.huntandfishtn.com .
Several hunting seasons are set to open soon and you need to be sure you have everything you need as for the license and permission to hunt on anyone’s land.
Free hunting day across Tennessee will be Aug. 28. No license or permits are required to hunt that day.
Opening day of Squirrel season is also on Aug. 28 and will run through Feb. 28, 2011. Daily bag limit is 10.
Opening day of the first segment Tennessee dove season will be Sept. 1 and will open at noon that day and will close Sept. 26. Daily bag limit is 15. I will list the other two seasons closer to the season opening.
Just a reminder, don’t forget the Tennessee Wildside Weekly TV Show, which airs each week on our local Charter Cable Channel 4, which is News Channel 5 Plus out of Nashville. Times are as follows: Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m., Sundays at 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. each week.
Also, the award winning Tennessee Wilside TV Show, which is on our local public Television station WLJT-TV Channel 11 in Martin. This show is on every Friday night at 10.
That’s all for this week’s report, ’til next week.
Brent
Published in The Messenger 8.20.10

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