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Lake levels above normal on Reelfoot; crappie continue to bite

Lake levels above normal on Reelfoot; crappie continue to bite

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012 3:00 pm

Lake levels above normal on Reelfoot; crappie continue to bite | Lake levels above normal on Reelfoot; crappie continue to bite

Reelfoot Lake levels continue to be several inches above the normal. As of mid-week, Reelfoot was in the 282.83 feet above sea level range with 282.20 feet above sea level is the normal level. This is good going into the spring and with more rains ahead, there is no sign of Reelfoot hurting for water anytime soon. We may want to bottle up some of this water come July, August and September.
Water color is pretty good all over Reelfoot and should stay that way until we receive a heavy rain or fast runoff of water.
Crappie continue to bite decently well around Reelfoot Lake. The ever-popular jigs and minnows are best for most folks. Three areas that are producing bites: the Walnut Log area, the Kirby Pocket area and the Lower Blue Basin area of the lake.
There have also been a couple of bass reports. As the water warms, the bass bite will continue to get better. Strike King Black/Blue jigs tipped with a Rage Tail Chunk would be a good starting place or a Strike King Premier Plus 1/2-ounce White Spinnerbait.
Licenses available
It is that time and the 2012-13 Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale. Licenses are available at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency regional offices, license agents and on the TWRA website, The licenses are valid through February 2013.
Tennessee resident licenses may be purchased by: persons who possess a valid Tennessee driver’s license; persons who have lived in Tennessee for 90 consecutive days with the genuine intent of making Tennessee their permanent home; military personnel on active duty in this state and their immediate families, who reside with them, regardless of resident status; students who are enrolled in a Tennessee school, college or university for at least six months. A Social Security number is required to purchase a Tennessee hunting or fishing license.
Licenses may also be purchased online at TWRA’s website: and charged to a credit card. Licenses may also be ordered by telephone and charged to a credit card by calling 1-888-814-8972. All licenses purchased by credit card will be charged a processing and handling fee. The fees over the telephone are $7.50 for those licenses mailed and $6.25 for those not mailed. Through the Internet, charges are $4.25 for those licenses mailed and $3 for self-prints.
To expedite telephone orders, the caller should have ready the name, address, physical description, Social Security number, driver’s license number, TWRA ID number (if renewal), and credit card number.
Licenses are printed on a special tear-resistant, water-proof paper. In case of a lost license, duplicate licenses can be obtained from any real license agent for a $7 fee.
NWTF Banquet
The local Reelfoot Long-beards Chapter of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation will be hosting their annual banquet on March 9 at the John Tanner National Guard in Union City. There will be a live auction, a silent auction and games to be played. A meal will be served at the banquet provided by the Hogg Man Pit Crew from Union City. The menu will be thick cut pork chops, baked potatoes, and the other side items. There will be a guest speaker from the Wounded Warrior-Wheeling Sportsman as the main speaker for this event. The live auction will include prints from Thomas Kinkade with other well-known wildlife artists as well. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the meal will be served around 7. The live auction will take place after the meal. It is also stressed there will be no alcohol as they are wanting a family-type atmosphere at the event. There will be tickets available at the door or you can call 731-697-6017.
BassMaster Classic
The BassMaster Classic started today on the Red River in Louisiana and will go through Sunday. You can follow all of the action live on the BassMaster website at They will have live video of the weigh-ins, leaderboards as well as live blogs throughout each day of the tournament. If you have nothing to do and wouldn’t mind driving about seven hours to this event, it would be well worth the drive just to see the entire show. A half of a million dollars us up for first place as well as a career-changing swing with a win.
It is an honor for me to close my column this week by wishing a very dear friend of mine, my family and as well as all of the folks I work with, a happy 90th birthday to Mr. Charles Whitby of Union City. A World War II veteran and a local businessman, he is a person several of us go to during a time of need when we have a question or even a problem. I look up to him and consider him like a grandfather. He is part of what Tom Brokaw called “the greatest generation,” which is certainly fitting for him. Happy birthday, Charlie.
Til next week’s column,
Catch ya on the water folks

Published in The Messenger 2.24.12