Fall fishing the ‘cool’ thing to do

Fall fishing the ‘cool’ thing to do

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 9:59 am

Fall fishing the 'cool' thing to do

Joe Hamilton
Fall fishing is almost here, and I hope this week’s cool down will get everyone ready and in the mood.
Fall fishing is some of the best.
Fish tend to get a little more aggressive with the cooler water temperatures as well as the cooler weather. This brings cool and cold fronts through the area which causes pressure to rise and fall, something that has a lot to do with the overall fish bite.
This will also have the bait fish on the move. This time of year also brings some area lakes towards their normal winter time draw downs.
At Reelfoot Lake, the water level continue to drop ever so slowly each day.
The lake is still averaging around a quarter of an inch drop each day to day-and-a-half.
I looked back at the water level reading — which is taken just behind the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency building on the southern end of Reelfoot Lake — and it shows that the lake has dropped around 2.8 feet since the heavy rains we had back on May 8.
At this time, I have had no fishing reports that involve Reelfoot Lake. This is mainly due to the hot and humid weather we have had along with low water conditions.
Catfish and bass would be the two fish I would want to target right now but as the cooler weather starts to settle come fall, the crappie bite should start to pick up along with a blue gill bite here and there.
Here are the results of last week’s Reelfoot Lake Adult/Junior Bass Club’s Team Bass Tournament that was held on Kentucky Lake out of Paris Landing on Saturday.
The team of Taylor Williams, John Coble Garrett and Matt Lamastus claimed first place with five bass that weighed 20.2 pounds.
Second place went to the team of Jamin Barker, Ryan Middlebrook and Jerrad Hopson with five bass that totaled 15.9 pounds.
In third place was the team of Johnny Garrett, Chance Williams and Joe Hamilton. They had four bass that weighed 11.29 pounds.
Joe Hamilton caught the “Big Bass” of the tournament. It weighed 5.92 pounds.
Last week, Ben Parker competed in his second of three BassMaster Northern Tour events on the Detroit River in Michigan. Ben resides in the Springville area and is a former resident of Obion County.
Parker faired much better in this event finishing 30th overall on the professional side out of 180.
His three-day total weight was 37 pounds, eight ounces.
Next, Parker sets his eyes on the Chesapeake Bay area in Cecil County, Md., Sept. 16-18.
I also wanted to keep reminding you 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 and local events such as National Wildlife Refuge week to teach waterfowl identification, a variety of school programs and for the Jr. Duck Stamp program.
The Friends of West Tennessee National Wildlife Refuges requests that donated waterfowl mounts be anywhere from fair to excellent condition. For more information, please contact Tara Dowdy by phone at 538-2481 or via e-mail at Tara_Dowdy@fws.gov.
Also, don’t forget that on Nov. 2, Tennessee residents will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote for Tennessee’s Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment.
You can learn more about this amendment by going to the website at www.huntandfishtn.com.
Free hunting day across the state of Tennessee will be Saturday. No license or permits are required to hunt that day.
Opening day of squirrel season is also Saturday. It will run through Feb. 28. 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.
The Tennessee wood duck and teal season will be from Sept. 11-15.
One last thing that I would like to share is our good friends, the Menendez family (Max, Caroline, Donna and Mark) from Paducah, Ky. Mark, a full-time bass pro fisherman, hosts a birthday party each year for their children to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
Instead of bringing gifts for the children, donations — that will in return be sent to the Ronald McDonald House — are solicited. At the 2009 event, $1,200 was raised. Last Saturday, the third annual event was held and over $1,500 was raised.
Last but not least, I want to wish my wife Lisa a happy belated birthday.
 She turned ?? on Thursday.
‘Til next week.
Catch ya on
the water folks…
Brent Callicott


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