Flyway - Reelfoot
Lake Duck Report for 2004-2005
Jan. 22th, 2005 - Duck Report - We are still getting reports of 14-20 ducks per blind even as strong winds prevailed throughout the day. Large numbers of ducks were seen all morning trading between the Mississippi River and Black Bayou Refuge at Reelfoot. Most ducks were high and only started working good later in the morning. High winds were responsible for pushing up 1 to 2 foot waves on the flood waters. Hunters setup on the south to southest side of timber or other protection seemed to fair better that open water hunters as winds were out of the Northwest all morning. Large numbers of mallards were seen along with large numbers of ringnecks and pintails. Teal and blue bills were also seen quite a bit. Duck seemed to work best on chatter and quaks if they were already heading to the spread. High ducks didn't respond well to hen calls.
Jan. 20th, 2005 - Waterfowl Forecast for Jan. 21st-23rd - Temperatures will remain in the 40s through Friday and Saturday and then dip back below the freezing mark on Saturday night. No need to bust ice to get to the duck hole until Sunday morning. The warmer weather yesterday and today haven't affected the duck numbers as hunters are still reporting getting their limits on mallards. Winds are expected to be from the ENE at 8mph on Friday and shift around to the NW on Saturday and increase to about 16mph. Precipitation will be minimal for the weekend as well. Again calling should be kept to a minimum as greenheads and susie's are starting to pair up for spring and hen calls aren't as necessary.
Jan. 20th, 2005 - Waterfowl Report - Reports of even larger kills came in today with numbers up in the 20s and 30s for five or more duck hunters. Greater numbers of ducks are being taken on the flood waters of the Mississippi over soybean and corn fields. Flood waters have been a positive factor for a change. The river level at Tiptonville, TN was 42 feet at 7AM still 5 feet above the flood stage of 37 feet.
Jan. 19th, 2005 - Waterfowl Report - Waterfowl harvest numbers were on the upswing over the weekend and early part of this week. Lots of big ducks or Greenheads are being taken along with many other species. Light calling has been key as ducks are tending to flare on loud hen calls. Numerous hunters have reported killing their limits everyday between Fri. and Wed. Most of the action has been on the flood waters of the Mississippi River in the lower areas of Lake County and Dyer County in Tennessee and Fulton County, Kentucky just over the state line. Freezing temperatures have forced waterfowl out of standing water and onto the moving waters of the Mississippi. Remember, if you hunt on flooded fields property rights still apply.
Jan. 14th, 2005 - Advisory - Officials in many of the counties of our area, including Lake and Dyer Counties, are warning motorists to stay off the levees as they may be in a condition to fail. High water and rains have soaked the levees to the point of being dangerous. Officials may be writing tickets to people who appear to be "cruising" the levees. Not sure if duck hunters will be targets for citations. Use good judgment in traveling flooded areas this weekend and the coming week. Remember, If the water is covering the ground, turn around.
Jan. 14th, 2005 - Duck Hunting Forecast and Current Conditions - The Mississippi River continues to rise above flood stage at Tiptonville. The river level is predicted to rise to 39.6 feet by 7AM on Saturday the 15th. This is 2.6 inches above the official flood stage of 37 feet but the area locally know as the "Bar" has been underwater for several weeks now. Winds are expected to be out of the NNE overnight at 5 to 10 mph with temperatures dropping to 19 degrees F. Temps should warm to 39 tomorrow with the wind shifting to the northeast. Ducks should be moving a lot in the morning and it's essential to keep covered and call carefully.
Jan. 13th, 2005 - Waterfowl Update - Hunting has been pretty good considering the amount of water that has remained in the Reelfoot Lake area for much of the season. Lots of ducks can be seen trading between the refuges around Reelfoot and the Mississippi River via sloughs and creeks. Good calling and big spreads are able to bring down the big ducks and smaller ducks continue to be taken as they buzz down the tree lines. In addition to Greenheads, Gadwalls, Shovelers, Wood ducks, Pintail, Widgeon and Gray ducks are being reported in good numbers.
Dec. 23rd, 2004 - Waterfowl Hunting Conditions Update - Wednesday brought freezing rain, sleet and several inches of snow to the Reelfoot Lake area. It also brought freezing temperatures that have locked up a lot of wholes. Strong winds on wednesday gave way to calm air and sunshine on Thursday. Duck Hunters on open water duck holes should have a good time hunting today if they can keep the ice open. Duck Hunters traveling to West Tennessee should proceed slowly and carefully as all roads are covered with ice and snow. Check back soon for a more in-depth update on conditions and waterfowl harvest numbers.
Dec. 16th, 2004 - Waterfowl Forecast for Dec. 17th - 20th - Water levels will be less of a factor in the Mississippi River Valley this weekend as temperatures are expected to remain cool and dropping more on Saturday night. More ducks have been reported roosting in areas of West Tennessee that had hardly any waterfowl last weekend. With temperatures on the decline and snow possible for Sunday we are expecting a big improvement over last week. Sunday and Monday are shaping up to be excellent duck hunting days with Saturday looking good as well. Winds are expected to shift to the north northwest on Saturday night and temperatures will drop into the low teens by Sunday night. Be on the lookout for new mallards to be moving into the area. Working ducks high will be more possible as the front pushes greater numbers of ducks into the area.
Dec. 11th, 2004 - Waterfowl Report - High water levels from the nearby Mississippi River and weeks of rain have continued to push the water levels up limiting access to hunting grounds except by boat. Water levels have spread ducks thin over abundant water sources. Recently harvested fields with new water have become attractive feeding areas. The river is expected to crest mid-week and temperatures will be declining as well. Hopefully this will enhance conditions for the coming weekend.
November 30th, 2004 - Waterfowl Report - 22 Ducks were taken on opening day of the early tennessee state-wide season. Periods of rain throughout the morning didn't seem to hinder the local ducks and several wood ducks, greenheads, teal, etc. were taken. Good times were had by all and many shots were fired to kick off the new season.
November 18th, 2004 - Club Update - Duck season is nearly upon us and we have filled our last remaining spots for this season. We still have open dates for guided duck hunting on Reelfoot Lake with Baltezor Guide Service. Please check back with us or email us to add your name to the waiting list for next season. We are acquiring additional properties for the club and will have room for more hunters next season.