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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


Herring Bust at Lewis Smith Lake Leads to Invasive Species Charges

Two north Alabama men have been charged with violating Alabama’s invasive species laws. Michael L. Perry, 35, of Jasper, was charged with one count of illegal importation and one count of illegal sale of blueback herring. James M. Blanks, 58, of Crane Hill, was charged with two counts of illegal possession of the same fish.



HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Aug. 22, 2015) – FLW and the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced Saturday that Huntsville, Alabama, will be hosting the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing, Aug. 4-7, 2016, on Wheeler Lake. This event marks the first time that the Forrest Wood Cup, the sport’s richest prize, has visited Wheeler Lake.


World’s first sonar drone takes flight

Imagine you are fishing a ledge on Pickwick Lake when a small drone appears. The drone hovers about and then leaves landing in a boat about 100 yards away.


Youth bass club weigh fish in the rain

You might say, “OK, big deal. I have fished for eight hours in the rain.” That would be true for many bass fishermen. However, would you do it if you were ten years old and younger?

Slider Swimbait-THUMB

Fishin’ In the Minners with Slider’s new swimbait

SLider SwimbaitFishing the minnow schools is a great way to catch bass, and stripers. A few days ago we ran into a big school of minnows congregating around a large pier on Wilson Lake. Dropping weighted worms and un-weighted worms in the school did not produced very much response from the bass.



Recreational fishing is one of America’s favorite outdoor activities. It is enjoyed by over 40 million Americans each year and participation has increased nationally since the mid-2000s. In surveys of the general population, recreational fishing is viewed very favorably with approval ratings over 90 percent. There aren’t many things that 90 percent of Americans agree upon, but recreational fishing being a positive, beneficial activity is one of them.


A Case Against Ethanol As Fuel

As anglers, we all care about having clean water and healthy fisheries. Without them, a day on the water would simply not be possible.In practical terms; what does that mean? I’m going to focus on the connection between clean water, corn production and increasing the amount of corn ethanol in  fuel that we use in our boat engines. That connection is best encompassed in the issues surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).


Shoals Youth Bassmasters find the bass on Pickwick

Wow! With the weights brought in by these young bassmasters I’m gonna be asking for a guided trip. The three age Divisions of the Shoals Youth Bassmasters had slab bags taking first place.


Howell Comes From Behind To Win Oneida Northern Open

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Ten minutes. That’s how long it took Randy Howell to win the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open #2 presented by Allstate.
Howell, of Springville, Ala., desperately wanted to win at Oneida Lake after losing a 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament here by 6 ounces to Boyd Duckett. Settling the score seemed impossible.


Rockin’ the River

As summer winds down, the Rogersville Chamber of Commerce and Joe Wheeler State Park have come together to host a day of family fun along the banks of Wheeler Lake. Set for August 15, 2015, Rockin’ the River is a celebration of live music, children’s activities, food and other family-friendly fun at one of north Alabama’s premier state parks, Joe Wheeler State Park. The daylong celebration offers one last getaway before school gets back into full swing.