Reelfoot Lake


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Hunting Midday Ducks

Date: 9/21/2017 3:57:00 PM

It can be a time when ducks work well or when flight birds show up. For instance, one of my regular hunting locales is Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee. Reelfoot hunters typically get a flash of action the first hour or so in the morning, and then the

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10 Strategies For Decoy-Shy Ducks

Date: 9/19/2017 11:31:00 PM

"You're in trouble when ducks get higher on that second swing," says Jackie Van Cleave, a full-time guide on duck-rich Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee. "They don't usually come back. If this becomes a pattern, you should change your decoys or calling

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Agent: State investigators made mistake in pursuing leads in Holly Bobo case

The Paris Post-Intelligencer

Date: 9/18/2017 8:12:00 AM

State officials: Herbicide harms trees at Reelfoot TIPTONVILLE — Tennessee officials say trees at Reelfoot Lake are expected to recover after being harmed by a weed-killer that’s been the subject of complaints, lawsuits and investigations. The

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Tennessee Headlines - | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

WRCB 3 Chattanooga

Date: 9/18/2017 4:47:00 AM

More Tennessee officials: Dicamba herbicide harmed trees at lake Tennessee officials: Dicamba herbicide harmed trees at lake Tennessee officials say trees at Reelfoot Lake are expected to recover after being harmed by a weed-killer that's been the subject

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Traveling exhibition headed to two state parks in our area

Date: 9/16/2017 1:55:00 PM

Those two parks are Pickwick Landing, which will host the exhibition from Sept. 30 until Nov. 12, and Reelfoot Lake, which will host the exhibit from Jan. 6 through Feb. 18. Parks hosting the exhibit will also educate residents about what water means for

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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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