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A Soldier and Boat Guide on Wilson.

A Soldier and Boat Guide on Wilson.

A 2013 Operation HOOAH team fishing down the shoreline in Donnegan's Slough.

2013 Operation HOOAH team

2013 Operation HOOAH team on Pickwick.

Boat Guide Don Gowen put his wounded Soldier on some plastic jerkbait bass on the little river side.

Colbert Heights High School bass club

Class is in session

The Colbert Heights High School bass club taking advantage of the Southern Fishing News Student Angler Series free classes.

Wilson Lake bass

Another nice Wilson Lake bass.

The sun was bright and this one went for a Slider-rigged worm on drop-offs on the south side of the lake.

Miss Bailey on Wilson Lake

A serious young bass angler.

Miss Bailey will wet her hook every chance she gets from the pier on Wilson Lake.

Ms. Southern Fishing

A Slider and an odd bass.

Ms. Southern Fishing shows her odd-shaped bass that nailed her Slider head rigged with a worm fishing piers and docks.

Bluewater LED red deck

Nightclub or a bass boat?

The Southern Fishing News rig with its Bluewater LED red deck lighting makes you confused as to whether you want to dance or fish!

Little Mac

Decision time

Little Mac seems to be contemplating whether what he is using is doing the job or not.

Latest Southern Fishing News Stories


Classic Bracket Tournament On Niagara River Will Be First Of Its Kind For B.A.S.S.

In nearly three decades of professional bass fishing, Kevin VanDam thought he’d experienced every kind of competitive format the Bassmaster Tournament Trail could possibly throw at him.

But on July 19-22, KVD and seven others will be part of something new to professional bass fishing.



Stevens wins co-angler title

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (June 27, 2016) – Coby Carden of Shelby, Alabama, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 2 ounces, Saturday to win the fourth FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament of 2016 on Lay Lake. For his victory, Carden took home $5,009.

Carden said he began his day fishing shallow willow grass on the upper end of the lake.


Shoals Youth Bassmasters bring in the fish

The Shoals Youth Bassmasters fished their June 18th tournament out of Fleet Harbor  on Wilson Lake. Seventy club members from under ten years old to sixteen years old. Club members fish each tournament in three age divisions: 10 and under; 11 to 15; and 16 to 18. An adult fishes with each young angler.

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New SliderLines Published

Slider Lures digital, color newsletter, SliderLines, has been published. The July, August, September issue features commentary, stories, tips and photos. The new issue features the following content:

Map of the ADPH advisory. SNF enhanced TVA maps/

2016 Alabama fish consumption/contamination advisories

The Alabama Department of Public Health has released its 2016 fish consumption advisories, a list of recommendations on how much of certain species of fish caught in specific locations a person can safely eat without worrying about the presence of toxins like mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) or perfluoralkyl sulfonate (PFOS).


Northwestern State University Wins College Wild Card

John Ledet and Justin Cooper talked all week about how timing was everything for the success of their fishing strategy on Lake Murray.

On Saturday, June 11, the anglers representing Northwestern State University showed up again, on the right place at the right time. In doing so, they won the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Wild Card presented by Bass Pro Shops.

After taking the lead on Friday, the team from Northwestern State University, sealed the win by catching a five-bass limit that weighed 18 pounds, 1 ounce. The final catch gave them a three-day total of 51-7.

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New state record shoal bass caught in Florida

Jimmy Ray Tice from Cottondale caught a 5.2-pound shoal bass on the Apalachicola River in Gadsden County at 6:45 a.m. on May 27, 2016. He beat the previous certified state record by more than 5 ounces.


2016 Weiss Lake Tournament Feature Story

Decatur, Ala. June 16, 2016 – The final event of the ABT Northern Division is upon us.  After four tough events, there are several things left to be decided this Saturday at Weiss Lake near Centre, Ala.  By the time weigh-in is over on June 18, the Northern Division and ABT Angler of the Year titles will be decided, as will the roster of the teams that will compete in the ABT Championship at Lake Eufaula in October and the Bassmaster Team Championship this winter.
With so much to be decided, it seems appropriate that the final event will be held on a lake that has yet to make an appearance on the Alabama Bass Trail schedule, and has fewer numbers of anglers familiar with it than any other lake on the schedule.


Part of Wheeler Lake “Toxified”: What now

Southern Fishing News has published three stories, four with this addition, on the PFOA and PFOS contamination of at least one area of Wheeler Lake in north Alabama. To review these go to: : : and

In a Spring 2013 EPA Factsheet these findings were reported:
• Accumulation of PFOA and PFOS in blood will occur at the PHA levels, although the magnitude of the accumulation is not known. Decatur residents may have been exposed to PFOA and PFOS through many potential pathways, such as the use of consumer products containing PFCs, the consumption of contaminated fish caught in the Tennessee River, and even through air.


One year later toxins discovered in Wheeler Lake

Almost one year ago to the day Southern Fishing News published two stories about contamination of Wheeler Lake: COMMENTARY ON PFOS PART ONE: What is PFOS and are there any dangers ( part-one-what-is-pfos-and-are-there-any-dangers); COMMENTARY PART TWO: PFOS and the Fisherman (

Now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has lowered the acceptable limits for two industrial chemicals (PFOA and PFOS) that have been found in the groundwater downstream from the Decatur Utilities treatment plant (read the description of the toxins in Part One above). Wheeler Lake contamination has finally got the attention of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and the governor of Alabama as if something new has been revealed. However, the high levels of the PFOA AND PFOS toxins has been known for quite some time.