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


GADSDEN, Ala. (May 23, 2017) – The Gardendale High School duo of Griffin Phillips and Fletcher Phillips, both of Mount Olive, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 10 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the 2017 TBF High School Fishing Alabama State Championship tournament on Lake Neely Henry in Gadsden, Alabama. The win advanced the team to the 2017 High School Fishing National championship, held June 27-July 1 at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.

New Owner Takes the Helm at TowBoatUS Ports in Mississippi and Louisiana

Now providing service to boaters along the entire Mississippi coast

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Capt. Conrad Morris, owner of Mississippi’s TowBoatUS Bay St. Louis, has expanded his boat-towing business to the east and west with the acquisition of TowBoatUS Biloxi, Mississippi and TowBoatUS East and West Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana. The on-water towing and assistance company offers 24/7 towing and soft ungrounding services for recreational boaters. To see the locations on a map, go to

BoatUS Skewers Latest ‘Big Ethanol’ Effort to Support Government Ethanol Mandate

“Big Ethanol” is at it again. In a new advertising campaign timed with the start of boating season, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the leading trade association for America’s ethanol industry, continues to spread mistruths in its support of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a 2005 law that mandates the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol into our gasoline. The nation’s largest recreational boating advocacy, services and safety group Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) clarifies the ad campaign’s spin with hard truths.

Soft Plastic Baits – Fact vs. Fiction

Everyone loves to fish with soft plastic baits.  So why have they become controversial?  In this article, we’ll separate the fact and fiction.

Soft plastic baits are incredibly effective for catching fish.

Free Fishing Day in Alabama June 10

On Saturday, June 10, 2017, Alabamians and visitors alike will have the opportunity to fish for free in most public waters including both freshwater and saltwater. Free Fishing Day is part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs June 3-11. Approved by the Alabama Legislature, Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents to enjoy the outstanding fishing opportunities Alabama has to offer without having to purchase a fishing license.

High School All-American Anglers Compete With Pros On Trophy Bass Lake In Texas

LUFKIN, Texas — When Reese Jones of Rogers, Ark., received notice that he had been selected as one of 12 members of the 2017 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, he was ecstatic. Winning the honor meant he would be able to fish with a Bassmaster Elite Series pro during a special tournament in conjunction with the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.


Albertville’s Pittman tops Co-angler Division

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (May 22, 2017) – Boater Chris Mayfield of Phil Campbell, Alabama, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 23 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Choo Choo Division event on Lake Guntersville. Mayfield took home $4,079 for his victory.

2018 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Location and Dates Announced

The Association of Collegiate Anglers and the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series are proud to announce that we will be returning to Lake Pickwick in Florence, Alabama for the 2018 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s. In addition to the 2018 event, the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and Florence/Lauderdale Tourism have also agreed to a long term commitment to continue to host this great event at this world class destination for years to come.
Alabama Bass Trail

Alabama Bass Trail Announces 2018 Tournament Schedule

Registration Opens August 1

Decatur, Ala. (May 9, 2017) – The Alabama Bass Trail (ABT) is pleased to unveil the 2018 tournament schedule and among the key changes is a new open tournament that allows anglers to try the trail without committing to five weekends. Returning for the fifth season, the team-style tournament series is held on eleven of the lakes of the Alabama Bass Trail beginning February 17, 2018, with the championship tournament to be held on October 26-27, 2018. The new ABT Open Tournament makes its debut September 8, 2018, on Smith Lake.

Aquarium Animals and Plants Should Never Be Released into the Wild

Teachers and pet owners should be aware that aquarium animals and plants should never be released into the wild. Releasing aquatic animals and plants is illegal, as they pose a threat to native species and ecosystems. While the environmental damage caused by invasive species throughout the United States is devastating, Alabama is especially vulnerable due to its abundant biodiversity and aquatic habitat.

When a non-native animal or plant is introduced into an ecosystem, the results are often unpredictable. The national Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Strategic Plan (2013-2017) indicates that “approximately 49 percent of imperiled species are endangered primarily because of predation or competition with exotic species.”