Ready to hit the water

Ready to hit the water

Just need to get one more rod in there.

Zero dark thirty

Zero dark thirty

If you were here now you would be late!

2013 Operation HOOAH team

Ready for crappie

Just need to follow Charlie Brewer around.

Class is in session

Class is in session

Our youth bass club Student Angler Series in action.

Shoals Youth Bassmasters

Shoals Youth Bassmasters

One of the first B.A.S.S. youth clubs in America.

The lure for the record

The lure for the record

The lure George W. Perry used to catch a 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth out of Montgomery Lake, Ga., on June 2, 1932.

Legend Jimmy Houston giving and Ron McDonald

Just hangin' out

Legend Jimmy Houston giving Ron McDonald, SFN Editor, some tips.

Southern Fishing News first lady

Just all in a day's work

Southern Fishing News first lady, Martha McDonald, has a seven and a five-pounder caught three casts apart.

Miss Bailey looks for a little guidance

See any fish out there?

Miss Bailey looks for a little guidance on where to cast.

Worth the trip

Worth the trip

Part of fishing is getting to see stuff like this.

Little Mac

Don't anybody move

How many turtles can get on one log contest.

Latest Southern Fishing News Stories

Industry Releases Updated Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing by U.S. Congressional Districts Drilling down to each congressional district illustrates recreational fishing’s impact

Drilling down to each congressional district illustrates recreational fishing’s impact


Alexandria, VA – Recreational fishing brings a myriad of economic benefits to communities throughout the U.S. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Southwick Associates have released the 2017 update of Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts, along with a new series of one-page infographics, which depict recreational fishing’s economic impact on all 435 Congressional districts and the 50 states.

Alabama Bass Trail

Wheeler Lake to Kick Off 2017 Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series

North Division makes first stop in the River City February 25.


Decatur, Ala. (February 20, 2017) – The North Division of the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series will make its first stop for 2017 in Decatur this weekend, bringing with it over 400 anglers to fish the waters of Wheeler Lake where a guaranteed first place prize of $10,000 is up for grabs. Hosted by the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau (DMCCVB), the tournament is set for Saturday, February 25 and has attracted amateur anglers from across the southeastern United States. The one-day tournament is expected to generate an approximate $450,000 economic impact for Decatur and Morgan County. 


Virginia’s Bryant tops co-angler field

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (Feb. 20, 2017) – Tim Wilson, Gas City, Indiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 23 pounds, 10 ounces, Saturday to win the first T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division tournament of 2017 on Lake Guntersville. For his win, Wilson took home $5,133.

T-H Marine Announces Mr. Crappie Hydrowave H2

T-H Marine Supplies, Inc., of Huntsville, Ala has announced the Mr. Crappie Hydrowave H2 model is in stock and available for shipment.

T-H Marine’s president, Jeff Huntley, stated, “Working with Wally Marshall, aka Mr. Crappie, has been an awesome experience for T-H Marine. From our first meeting, it was clear that crappie fisherman needed different sound patterns than the bass fisherman. Wally was there from recording the sounds on the water to designing the loops in a sound booth. The eight sound patterns on the Mr. Crappie Hydrowave H2 are truly amazing for the crappie fisherman.”

Sportsmen’s Alliance Seeks Clarification from Trump Administration

On Feb. 9, the Sportsmen’s Alliance submitted comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs seeking public clarification from the White House pertaining to President Trump’s executive actions issuing a freeze on new regulations, as well as mandating the repealing of two regulations for every new one passed.

The Sportsmen’s Alliance believes public lands should be presumed to be open to hunting, fishing, trapping and other recreational activities, unless closed for a specific and documentable reason, such as resource conservation, public safety, natural security or protection of private property rights.

Alabama’s Tennessee River Gill Net Ban Stands

Readers may remember back in 2015 Southern Fishing News was in the thick of the fight to defeat Alabama’s Representative Lynn Greers’ proposed bill to allow the use of gill nets in the state’s confines of Tennessee River- namely Guntersville, Wheeler, Wilson and Pickwick Lakes respectively.


Arkansas Pro Catches 18-pound, 3-ounce Final Day Limit, Wins $125,000

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (Feb. 5, 2017) – General Tire pro Mark Rose of West Memphis, Arkansas, caught five bass Sunday weighing 18 pounds, 3 ounces to win $125,000 at the FLW Tour at Lake Guntersville presented by Lowrance. Rose’s four-day total of 20 bass weighing 79-11 gave him a 15-ounce margin of victory of second-place angler Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina.

Most Alabama State Public Fishing Lakes Reopen in February

The first week of February marks the beginning of the fishing season schedule for 21 of Alabama’s 23 state-owned public fishing lakes. Commonly known as state lakes or county lakes, these waters are noted for their quality fishing for bream, largemouth bass, channel catfish and crappie (most lakes).

Industry leader and friend is lost

T.J. Stallings passed away this week. T.J. was the marketing manager for TTI/Blakemore that included TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks. He was a 45-year tackle industry veteran.

The National Bass Fishing Trail, Alabama North District, Kicks Off 2017 Season

The National Bass Fishing Trail’s Alabama North District will hold its first qualifying tournament of the 2017 season on Wheeler Lake at the First Creek Ramp on February 11th. The hours of the tournament will be safe daylight to 3:00 p.m.