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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!

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.

2019 Student Angler Federation (SAF) State Championships

Tournament schedule & registration contact.

Registration is Now Open for the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash

To Be Held on Kentucky Lake in March

Starting today (Jan. 28, 2019, collegiate anglers nationwide will be able to register for the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. The event, hosted by Henry County Tourism Authority, will include an angler appreciation banquet in Paris, Tennessee the night before the event, as well as two days of fishing on Kentucky Lake.

This event will also be televised on several national networks to include CBS Sports, Pursuit Channel, World Fishing Network and numerous on-demand platforms, including Outdoor Action TV, as part of the largest ever collegiate bass fishing television series.

A few changes are in store for this year! First off, Bass Pro Shops will be the title sponsor of one of collegiate bass fishing’s largest events. The event has always been an angler favorite and continues to showcase the fantastic spring fishing opportunities on Kentucky Lake not only to the collegiate anglers fishing the event but also to the fans of fishing as they watch the national coverage Live from the event.