News Stories & Fishing Articles

WFF in Spotlight, Behind Scenes at Bassmaster Classic

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division was both enjoying the spotlight and working behind the curtains during last week’s 50th Bassmaster Classic weigh-in at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center (BJCC).

Spencer Truitt of the WFF hatchery staff dumps the lively largemouth bass into the holding tanks during the Classic weigh-in. Photo by Billy Pope

UPDATED 3-14, 1:20PM CST Bass Fishing Tournaments being cancelled or rescheduled

Professional, collegiate and state-level bass fishing tournaments are being canceled, postponed and rescheduled due to the threat of Coronavirus infection. The Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation, Bassmaster, and Big Bass Bash have all released information regarding their individual tournament events.

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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
The Hardin County Fire Department has recovered a third unidentified body from the Tennessee River. Search crews recovered the body of a John Doe around 7:00 a.m. near Shiloh National Military Park on the Tennessee River.

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Missing Boater Recovered On The Tennessee River

UPDATE ON THE “Tragedy on Pickwick Lake” STORY HERE ON FEBRUARY 26, 2020

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn.— The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has recovered the body of a missing boater from the Tennessee River. Search crews recovered the body of a John Doe around 4:30 p.m. this afternoon around Shiloh National Military Park on the Tennessee River. The body has been sent to the Medical Examiner’s office in Memphis for an autopsy and identification.

CANCELED – 2020 AFTCO Big Bass Bash at Pickwick/Wilson Lake


The 2020 AFTCO Big Bass Bash at Pickwick/Wilson Lake is coming up on March 21-22, 2020. All anglers that enter by Monday, March 9, will be eligible to win 1 of 8 $250 early bird cash prizes.

State record fish require proper certification 

That largemouth bass you’ve been battling with is now in your boat. It’s huge. Could it be the new state record? And if it is, how do you certify it?

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Fishing tournaments bringing boatloads of anglers to Colbert County


A pair of fishing tournaments in April will bring boatloads of anglers and national attention to Pickwick and Wilson lakes.

A Crappie USA Trail tournament on April 11 and a King Kat Trail tournament on April 18 will attract anglers from several states. Both tournaments are sponsored by Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau and will be based out of Riverfront Park in Sheffield.

Henry and Jo Haley with crappie they caught during a Crappie USA fishing tournament on Pickwick and Wilson lakes in Sheffield, Ala.

Glory Days-19 years Ago

by Ronnie McDonald
Publisher & Editor

Bruce Springsteen’s song, “Glory Days”, is about looking back to high school days when we played sports, were young, and looked better.

The song reminded me, of not only high school days, but back when I was “younger” (the term being relative) and fished a lot of tournaments-my bass fishing “Glory Days”. One such “Glory Day” was 19 years ago, February 2001.

Our “Glory Days” limit of 19-2 from 2001.

Brothers Win it all at Lake Jordan ABT with a 20-pound bag

By Jason Duran

The first stop of the Alabama Bass Trail Southern division kicked off at Lake Jordan. The Team of brothers, Noah and Cole Godwin, won with 20.33 pounds of Coosa River spotted bass. This is their second year fishing the ABT, and while they are not the first brothers to ever win, they are the youngest team to ever win. They are only 19 and 17 years old.

Noah Godwin and brother Cole Godwin Fish 1st place. ABT photo