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

2021 Championship Set to Take Place at Lake Murray, SC

SAN ANTONIO, TX (April 2, 2020) – The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops is the longest-running collegiate bass fishing tournament in the history of the sport. Designed to give student anglers a platform to fellowship and compete on a national stage, the Association of Collegiate Anglers’ premier event has been held on some of the best bass fishing lakes in the country. For the 2021 edition of this great tournament, the Championship will be contested on Lake Murray in South Carolina May 26-27.


High School Anglers – Fish Strike King’s digital tournament

Hey high school anglers:
Your season isn’t lost, it’s just getting started! Sign up for the digital tournament today.

Note: After downloading the Hook’D App, practice submitting a fish catch in the “Hook’D Test Tournament.”

ACA Announces Online Tournament for College Anglers

SAN ANTONIO, TX (March 31, 2020) – Over the past few weeks, the amount of social media posts and traffic from the young student anglers is staggering. We are being sent fish catch pictures, tagged in posts, and receiving mentions daily as many of you are adhering to social distancing warnings and continuing to fish at the same time. The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) now wants to introduce the “ACA Online Tournament” for anglers to participate in as they go on their daily fishing adventures while social distancing.

Facebook Postings: An Unscientific Analysis

Ron McDonald
Publisher & Editor
Southern Fishing News


I have shared select Facebook News Feed posts from other pages and posted my original material for several years now, both on the “Ronnie Mac (Southern Fishing News)” page (classified as “personal”) and the business formatted “Southern Fishing News” Facebook page for years.

Waterkeepers Alabama Launches Website and Interactive Map

Alabama — Waterkeepers Alabama, a new coalition of Waterkeeper organizations protecting watersheds across Alabama, has launched its website.  The new website features an interactive map of 10 Waterkeepers’ patrol areas so that anyone can report pollution to the right Waterkeeper and support their clean water advocacy. 


New interactive map from Keep America Fishing 

Being outside is good for our health, reduces stress and can provide a family with fun activities for hours. 

With everyone at home…

Shoals Youth Bassmasters first club tourney of 2020

Richard Laxson, Director of the Shoals Youth Bassmasters (Northwest Alabama) has announced the club’s first tournament will be held on Wheeler Lake from the First Creek ramp.

Ranger Cup University Team Of The Year Challenge

This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re in Texas on Fayette County Reservoir bringing you exclusive coverage of the Ranger Cup University Team Of The Year Challenge! The qualifying anglers for this year’s event include Carter McNeil and Cole Floyd of Bethel University, and Adam Puckett and Blake Albertson from Murray State. These two universities are powerhouses that have dominated the collegiate bass fishing tournament circuits for many years, both of whom have won the Bass Pro Shops BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship in the past!

Big Bass Zone Junior Championship

Ronnie McDonald
Publisher & Editor, Southern Fishing News

BBZ JC BREAKING NEWS- March 16   All Big Bass Zone Junior Championship state qualifiers that guarantee their attendance at the BBZ JC finals in Idaho Oct 2/3 the BBZ JC will send EVERY parent a check for 1200 cash to travel there. A 2-night stay is paid for along with 2 dinners and breakfast on tournament day. That will be 104,000.00 being given back to the parents and youth. 


I first learned about the Big Bass Zone Junior Championship in James Hall’s (Editor-in-Chief) column in the March 2020 issue of BASSMASTER Magazine. The competition concept of what the Big Bass Zone was doing really sparked my interest.