News Stories & Fishing Articles

Southern Fishing News adds Facebook posts to website

Ron McDonald, Editor, and Publisher, has announced that recent posts to the Southern Fishing News Facebook page are now available, and linked, directly on the site.


Random thoughts to consider…or not

More problems for Wheeler Lake in North Alabama

The city of Decatur, AL and the nearby industrial park have been the focus for PFOA and PFOS contamination into Wheeler Lake. Decatur experienced wastewater overflows from sewer systems recently in the midst of record rainfall in the southeastern U.S.. and specifically in North Alabama.

Fayette County Alabama Public Fishing Lake Reopens March 28

The Fayette County Public Fishing Lake will reopen on Thursday, March 28, 2019, after the completion of a renovation and restocking project by the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) that began in 2016. The 60-acre lake is located at 529 County Road 134 in Fayette, Ala.

During the renovation, the lake was drained and restocked with Florida largemouth bass, bluegill sunfish, redear sunfish and channel catfish. In addition, golden shiners and threadfin shad were stocked as forage to enhance largemouth bass growth.

New Angler Award Programs Highlight More Anglers and More Fish!

In 2018, more than 100 anglers reeled in an Angler Award for outstanding catches.

This award program recognizes those who catch fish that meet or exceed a specific weight or length for that particular species. This year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) will introduce three new additional award categories recognizing even more angler catches!

2019 Fishing Forecasts for Georgia Reservoirs and Rivers

Clunn repeats St. Johns magic

PALATKA, Fla — After becoming the oldest angler ever to win a Bassmaster Elite Series event in 2016 on the St. Johns River, Rick Clunn provided what has become one of the most famous quotes in professional bass fishing history when he said, “Never accept that all of your best moments are in your past.”

Pond Management Seminar Scheduled at Go Fish Education Center in Perry

The Go Fish Education Center is hosting an education seminar on pond management on Feb. 21, 2019 (5:30 – 7 pm).

Most Alabama State Public Fishing Lakes Reopen in February

February 1 marks the beginning of the fishing season for 21 of Alabama’s 23 State-owned Public Fishing Lakes. Located throughout the state, these lakes are noted for their quality fishing for bream, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and crappie (in most lakes). Because these smaller lakes warm more quickly than larger bodies of water, early spring fishing can be excellent.

King Kat Tournament Trail Travels to Decatur, Alabama

Big Wheeler Lake blue cats are sure to be plentiful.

Catfish anglers from several states will travel to Wheeler Lake at Decatur, AL for a King Kat Tournament Trail event presented by Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s. Local and traveling anglers will be vying for cash, prizes, and an opportunity to compete at the 2019 King Kat Classic which will feature a guaranteed payout of $120,000 in cash and prizes.