News Stories & Fishing Articles

Transfers in Collegiate Bass Fishing?

In major collegiate athletics, the transfer portal has been a talking point at the epicenter of college sports for several years now. The transfer portal allows student-athletes to leave their current institution and explore their opportunities to further their athletic and academic careers at a new school.

Youth Club Again Fishes In Adverse Conditions and Find Bass

Forty-one Shoals Youth Bassmasters youth anglers fished a hot (temperature-wise)Wilson Lake on August 26. This was the club’s fifth tournament of the six tournaments of the 2023 season. The trophy winners in each age division weighed in a total of 40.45 pounds for their three fish limits.

Realities of stocking Florida strain bass in Pickwick

By Ron McDonald (A/K/A Ronnie Mac)
Publisher & Editor, Southern Fishing News

Southern Fishing News readers will recall my article published August 13, 2023, on our website entitled, “Smallmouth May Get A Rival As The Favored Catch: Florida Strain Bass Stocking In Pickwick Lake ( In this article, mention was made about the prospect of future largemouth bass in Pickwick possibly growing to 15-plus pounds over time. I decided to follow up that story with more research to determine if that prediction held water.

New “TOON Fishing” video

A new TOON Fishin’ video has been posted on the Southern Fishing News YouTube channel. Take a look,

Hayes and Bishop win ABT Wheeler Lake with 23.23

By Jason Duran
The final stop of the ABT 2023 regular season was held at Wheeler Lake in Decatur. Two hundred and twenty-five teams from the north division competed for the top prize of $10,000.

Allen and Danny blasted off as boat number 216. ABT photo


All I had to do was look at my Chug Bug lying on the deck of my boat!

Smallmouth May Get A Rival As The Favored Catch

Florida Strain Bass Stocking In Pickwick Lake

Pickwick Lake in North Alabama has long been a stronghold for smallmouth bass for years. The stocking of the Florida strain of largemouth bass by Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee fisheries agencies indicates a possibility for the consistent over-10-pound class of largemouth bass in Pickwick.


2023 Alabama Fish Consumption Advisories Are Published

Are the Fish You Catch Safe to Eat?

Reported By Don Gowan
Southern Fishing News Field Staff

The Alabama Department of Public Health; Alabama Department of Environmental Management; Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; and TVA have released the “2023 Alabama Fish Consumption Advisories”. (Area 1 covers North Alabama beginning on page 13 through page 17. Not all streams in the Decatur and Morgan Counties had fish consumption testing conducted.)

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Asian Carp in Alabama

Invasive Asian Carp: the Feral Hog of Alabama’s Waterways