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Reelfoot Lake Water Level & Ducks

Postby Reelfoot Legend » Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:34 am

11-8-2008 Reelfoot Lake News

Due to the cool weather over the last few days -- we have new flights of waterfowl coming in nightly from the north - large numbers of puddle ducks along with coots. Reelfoot Lake is full of ducks in most areas due to low water levels in West Tennessee. All areas on the lake that normally have 2 feet of water are dry. But all open water areas are holding ducks and other waterfowl.

Lots of Gray Ducks, Mallards, Teal, Pintails along with divers are on the lake now -- Thousands of ducks are in the Grassey Unit of the Reelfoot Lake National Wildlife Refuge along the Bayou Du Chien River Basin.

Today, Reelfoot Lake water level is at 10.40 feet on the USGS gauge which makes it 280.60' feet mean sea level.

News note to everyone -- The USFWS has stated to Cong. John Tanner in a letter that when the water level gets around 281.2' feet mean sea level again - they and TWRA staff will use the cookie cutter again to open up all boat trails. This is good news for duck hunters. Due to low water levels some of duck blind areas are dry at this time and may be dry on Nov. 15 & 16. - maybe before the second opening date of Nov 29th we will get some rain.

Thanks to Joe Denton of Samburg -- he got up a local petition along with writing letters to Cong. John Tanner for this to happen, this year. USFWS is waiting on rain to do the work.
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Postby cuppedup50 » Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:24 pm

i hope it gets up w 281 so that will happen.
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Postby TennesseeNW » Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:47 pm

Maybe there won't be any dumbass to mark the boatroad with reedbar coming out of Kirby's pocket this time.
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Postby Reelfoot Legend » Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:39 am

I was thinking the TWRA Mgr cut dowm most of the steel stakes the Park Service put on the lake to mark a boat trail for their Eagle Watch groups.

Not sure but TWRA Comm. M. Hayes wanted this done before duck season
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Postby cuppedup50 » Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:57 pm

thats just stupid as hell to put reebar out there to mark a boat road.
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Postby Reelfoot Quack Smoker » Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:28 pm

We need some more aluminum "fish houses"on the bottom of the lake
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Postby cuppedup50 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:02 pm

yea i hear ya..hahaha
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Rain did not help water level at Reelfoot

Postby Reelfoot Legend » Thu Nov 13, 2008 4:32 am

Checked the USGS gauge reading this morning - no increase in water level from yesterday rain. Rain did not help at all.

Reading this morning was USGS - 10.39 level or 280.61' msl mean sea level

282.40' msl is the top of the small gates at the Reelfoot Spillway/Dam

Reelfoot Lake is still holding lots of ducks in areas with water. Burnt Woods area - Forked Pond area - Kirby Pocket area -
Gassey Island Unit of federal refuge is full of ducks - mostly mallards, teal, gray ducks, and divers -- several coots are on the lake also.
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Postby TennesseeNW » Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:02 am

The woods area probably soaked up any increase in water level. A lot of the flooded timber had tried up so the silt probably acted like a sponge. I'm glad the front didnt push the ducks away though. The two day hunt should be hellacious, if the damb a$$es dont shoot coots all day like they usually do.
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Postby cuppedup50 » Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:13 pm

yea u can probably bank on some hellacious coot shootin on openin day.
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Postby mollyworker » Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:15 am

It's a tradition and boys will be boys.
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Postby TNTimber » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:41 am

Our duck hole in the timber next to black bayou is dry as a desert....im suprised tumbleweeds arent blowing across it as i typed this message...only hope is to get in the blind and hope some wanna land on the dry ground if i go. hahahaha :thumbsup:
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Postby TennesseeNW » Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:35 pm

The fox hole?
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Postby TNTimber » Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:02 pm

Its RD 51 next to capps....but its dry as it can be...or was about 3 weeks ago
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Postby TennesseeNW » Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:16 pm

Is Capps dry?
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Postby Reelfoot Legend » Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:05 pm

Most areas in Cranetown, Meadows, Upper Grassey Ben, several areas on the Upper Blue Basin area next to the Long Point Unit of the federal refuge are dry also.

Most timber duck holes are dry and unless it rain in the next two weeks they are going to be dry the end of November also.

Still lots of ducks on the lake as of this afternoon - many mallards, gray ducks, divers, teal and a few pintail.
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Postby TNTimber » Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:53 pm

As far as i know Capps should be dry....our hole is dry as it can be....and his blind is just 150 yards or so from ours...if he has anything it may be mud
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Postby cuppedup50 » Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:57 pm

yea i hope 51 fills up bro....quicklike.
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Postby TennesseeNW » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:10 pm

What about Big Ronaldson?
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Postby cuppedup50 » Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:50 am

dont know bout him. is his blind somewhere around there?
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Postby TennesseeNW » Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:23 pm

Naw, its an area of the lake.
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Postby mox » Sat Nov 15, 2008 4:54 pm

I got word there are still dry timber holes. One in particular that was accessible by 4-wheeler only.
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Postby cuppedup50 » Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:33 pm

yea there are a lotta timber holes still dry from what i am hearing.
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Postby TNTimber » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:05 pm

most timber holes that i know of are dry...ours is dry as it can be...its gonna take lots of rain to get us any water
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Postby cuppedup50 » Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:19 pm

i heard it was so low the other day a lotta people were havin to use godevils to get to openwater blinds, thats pretty low.
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