Reelfoot Lake


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11.21 FEET
Full Pool: 283.0
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The Feeding Chuckle

Date: 11/23/2017 9:07:00 PM

During hunting season, I used to keep an apartment on Tennessee's Reelfoot Lake. The mallards that hung around a nearby boat dock were what I'd call semi-wild, but I would sit and listen to them for hours. They made many different calls—long and short

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Great Duck Lodges For Sportsmen

Date: 11/22/2017 2:07:00 PM

High-quality hunting and accommodations are available to meet any budget. Here are a few of our favorites. Reelfoot Lake, a natural depression formed by an earthquake in 1811-12, is one of America’s most renowned duck hunting destinations. It offers a

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Off-Season Scouting

Date: 11/21/2017 12:17:00 AM

For example, several years ago I was bluegill fishing in early June on northwest Tennessee's Reelfoot Lake. The water level was high after a heavy rain. A friend who had spent his life guiding on the lake told me about a hole back in the timber that was

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Secrets of the Call Makers

Date: 11/20/2017 8:20:00 AM

A few decades later, another early master, Victor Glodo, developed a more effective design, which he put to good use as a market hunter on Tennessee's Reelfoot Lake. Over time, many individuals experimented with and improved upon these early prototypes

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Weiss Lake is Getting a Face Lift

Cathy Griffeth

Date: 11/18/2017

Weiss Lake is getting a face lift. Read my blog at Real Estate

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• Surface Area: 15,500 Acres
Reelfoot Lake is a shallow natural lake located in the northwest portion of Tennessee. Much of it is more of a swamp, with bayou-like ditches connecting basins, the largest of which is called Blue Basin. Reelfoot Lake is noted for its bald cypress trees and its nesting pairs of bald eagles, and is the site of Reelfoot Lake State Park.

Since 1930 water levels in the lake have been somewhat regulated by the construction and operation of a spillway at the southern end of the lake.

Until 2003, Reelfoot was the world's only legal commercial fishery for crappie, which was served in restaurants located near the shore.

The lake is said to be named for a legendary Indian chief who had a deformed foot and was called "Reelfoot" by the white settlers, but this is yet to be proven. In Irvin S. Cobb's story "Fishhead," written in 1911, it was claimed that the lake "[took] its name from a fancied resemblance in its outline to the splay, reeled foot of a cornfield negro."
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