News Stories & Fishing Articles

Boating + Water Safety

Boating, fishing and swimming in Tennessee Valley lakes are just a part of summer fun. But when you’re enjoying the water near one of TVA’s dams, you need to take extra precautions to stay safe.

Latest Edition Of SliderLines Published

The new APR MAY JUN edition of Slider Lures’ newsletter, SliderLines, is now available for viewing. This issue includes a feature detailing how the Slider Shad was used to catch an eight pounder, two five pounders and “little” four pounder.

Johnston Lure Company joins Southern Fishing News as newest sponsor

Southern Fishing News editor and publisher, Ron McDonald, has announced Johnston Lure Company has joined the digital bass fishing news medium distributor as the newest sponsor to be added to the sponsorship team.

Heartland Anglers score big on Pickwick

The Heartland Anglers fished Pickwick March 24 under cloudy skies. Thirty-three boats fished the event, one of the tournament trail’s stops. The top six places weighed a combined total of 138.45 pounds. The big largemouth was a tie with two 5.95 pounders and the top smallmouth went 6.17 pounds.

Youths can reel in prizes at Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo

Shoals area youths have an opportunity to fish for trophies and other prizes along with a chance to win a college scholarship.

Shoals Youth Bassmasters 2018 Tournament Trail

The Shoals Youth Bassmasters has published the dates and locations of their 2018 Tournament Trail.

Take a Boating Safety Education Course Mar. 18–24

No-Cost BoatUS Foundation online course offered for 36 states

March 18-24 is a great time to take a boating safety course. Why? It’s perfect timing just before the start of the boating and fishing season and the week-long ‘Spring Aboard’ public service campaign makes it easy for boaters to take a boating safety course. The educational effort is a partnership of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), government, and nonprofit partners including the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water.

Jordan Lee repeats as Classic champion

Bryan Brasher

GREENVILLE, S.C. — After three magical days on Lake Hartwell, South Carolina, Jordan Lee now belongs to one of the most exclusive fraternities in professional bass fishing.

Lee, who began Sunday’s championship round in sixth place, caught five bass that weighed 16 pounds, 5 ounces and won the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods with a three-day total of 47-1.

B.A.S.S. Nation Eufaula qualifier 2018


Coby Carden has long proved to be a dominant force not only in Alabama bass fishing but even beyond state tournament boundaries.

Carden, who twice advanced to the Bassmaster Classic through Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation (ABN), regional, and national events, exerted his dominance once more Saturday (March 17) on Lake Eufaula, easily winning the first ABN qualifier of the year.

Brian Pahl Takes Home Title on Kentucky Lake

The 2018 Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash – presented by Berkley was a true test from start to finish for 479 of the best collegiate anglers in the country. Held on Kentucky Lake in Paris, TN, there were three main variables in play over the two days of competition. First, this was a big bass format event which involves strategy and a great deal of thinking. Second, the water level was dropping at a constant rate. Third, the weather conditions changed on each day of the event.