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Turkey season fast approaching; spring-like weather beckons area fishermen

Turkey season fast approaching; spring-like weather beckons area fishermen

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012 3:00 pm
By: By Brent Callicott

The statewide Tennessee Spring Turkey Season is not far away with the dates being March 31 through May 13.
All Tennessee counties are open to the spring wild turkey hunting season including Wildlife Management Areas and refuges unless specifically listed.
One bearded turkey may be taken per day, not to exceed four per season. Turkeys taken on all quota hunts and specially designated WMA’s are bonus turkeys.
The Tennessee Statewide Youth Sportsman Hunt will be March 24-25 for ages 6 through 16. One bearded turkey which counts towards the statewide bag limit unless taken on a WMA, marked as bonus turkeys. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device, who is not required to have a license.
Last spring, there were more than 34,000 turkeys harvested in Tennessee. Last fall, there were more than 2,600 harvested then in Tennessee.
Here are the results from last weekend’s Marshall County High School Bass Open that was out of the Kentucky Dam area, where the Obion County High School Bass Anglers took to the water for their first competition of the year.
There were 48 two-person teams that fished this tournament.
Overall placements of the OCCHS anglers are as follow: Fifth place was the team of Ryan Tucker and Allen Wilson with a total weight of 13 pounds 14 ounces; 8th place was Trevor Clouse and Jacob Daniels with 9 pounds 8 ounces.; 10th place was the team of John Garrett and Malachi Jackson with 8 pounds 12 ounces; 13th place was Dallas Mathis and Caleb Walker with 6 pounds 13 ounces; 14th place team of Joe Hamilton and Payton Lyons with 6 pounds 8 ounces. Dalton Gooch and Carrie Wilson finished in 26th place with 2 pounds and 3 ounces.
I know I always mention the water conditions at Reelfoot Lake but the reason is, Reelfoot is not a running water reservoir; it depends strictly on what falls from the sky and runs into the lake. It is very important we have a decent amount of spring rains to prepare Reelfoot Lake for the hot summer months when the rain is less likely and evaporation rate is at its highest. We have seen wetter summers in the past but what we saw back in the summers of 2009 and 2010 back to back can’t be good on a shallow water lake like Reelfoot.
Water levels on Reelfoot Lake continue to be rather high. As of Wednesday, the lake was 283.35 feet above sea level. With the normal lake level at 282.20 feet above sea level, that has the lake at least 12 to 14 inches above the normal if not another inch or two. The rains we end up with by week’s end will raise the lake even more.
Water temps are running in the lower to some middle 60s. What warms the water up faster than anything are warm nights.
Some stained water has been found on the lake but, overall, the lake is slightly stained to rather clear.
A new video has been posted on the TWRA website for those who are unclear as to what you can and can’t fish with in Tennessee Waters using the Alabama “umbrella” type rig. The video explaining the restrictions for umbrella rigs used in fishing is now available on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s website at
TWRA Fisheries Division chief Bobby Wilson explains what is permitted and prohibited for use in Tennessee in the video presentation which is about 2:45 minutes in length. Umbrella rigs are defined as an array of more than three artificial lures or baits (with or without hooks) used by a single rod and reel combination. If the hook size is 6 or larger, then only one lure or bait may have a hook and that hook must be a single hook.
Calendar of events that are upcoming and want to keep you posted on.
The annual Reelfoot Lake Buddy Bass Tournament will be held April 7 on Reelfoot Lake out of the Kirby Pocket State Park area. You can pre-register up until April 4th and pick up a entry form at Reynolds Brothers in Union City, some area Walmarts and other sporting good outlets that are local. You can also register the morning of the tournament.
The Gibson County Bass Club’s annual Johnny Mullins Memorial Bass Tournament will be held on Gibson County Lake March 24. For more information, visit or call Richard Hamm (731) 662-4378, Mike Williams (731) 613-1593 or Tommy Stewart (731) 613-8384. Non-members are invited to participate.
Calvary Baptist Church in Union City will be hosting a Wild Game Supper March 24th at 6 p.m. To make reservations, you can call the church office at 731-885-6579.
Cypress Creek Outfitters will host the first annual Reelfoot Lake Legends Crappie Tournament benefiting the NWTF Wheelin’ Sportsman Outreach April 21. For more information, you can call Dwayne Dunn at 731-446-0048 or e-mail at
I want to say once again how proud we are of both the Obion County Central Lady Rebels and the Union City Lady Tornadoes Girls’ basketball teams as they represented our county and city well last week in the TSSAA Girls’ State Basketball Championship. It was Union City’s first-ever trip and they won an opening round game to make it to the Final Four remaining Class A Teams in the state. The Lady Rebels, on the other hand, were able to make it to the final game, claiming the silver basketball, a first in a while of any kind at Obion County. Congrats to both teams and you represented your team, community, family and school very well and are very proud of you both. The future bodes well for the both of your teams.
I always like to remind everyone that if you have any outdoor information, stories or photos that you would like to share with our readers, please e-mail me at, call me at 731-446-3678 or simply stop by The Messenger office on Jackson Street here in Union City.
Til next week’s column,
Catch ya on the water folks

Published in The Messenger 3.16.12

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