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

Unique lure design could be a game-changer

Steve Davies, of “Fishing with Steve D,” says his lure design that incorporates a clear, perspex ghost bib could be, “A real game-changer.”

11th Annual HS Fishing World Finals & National Championship Dual Event

SAF High School Anglers compete for nearly 3 Million dollars in scholarships and prizes at La Crosse on the Mississippi River.

Pro Angler Jamey Caldwell Joins Team Lew’s

Former Special Operations Operator to Represent American Hero Series


 May 28, 2020 – Not long after its reintroduction to the fishing industry, Lew’s has shown its heart for the men and women who provide the blanket of protection for the United States of America and its communities.  In 2013, Lew’s established the American Hero Series, a lineup of rods, reels, and combos in which a portion of the proceeds is used to help veterans and first responders enjoy the sport of fishing.

Fort Worth, Lake Ray Roberts poised to host 2021 Bassmaster Classic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — For just the third time in the event’s storied history, the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic will be coming to Texas. The eyes of Texas — and the world — will be watching March 19-21, 2021 as the Super Bowl of Professional Bass Fishing heads to Fort Worth with fishing taking place at Lake Ray Roberts in nearby Denton.

High School Fishing Digital Tournament from Lew’s and Strike King in Home Stretch

57 Teams Currently Competing in 12-week competitions

Lexington, S.C. – May 28, 2020 – The Lew’s / Strike King High School Fishing Digital Tournament has passed the halfway mark, and competitors are turning in some impressive results.


Alabama Bass Trail

McCaig and Hurst take the win at Weiss with a 6-pound lead over 2nd place

By Jason Duran
Photos by Chris Brown

With anglers chomping at the bits to get back to fishing, the Alabama Bass Trail North Division was back in action this weekend. The previous two events have been rescheduled for later this year, so anglers picked the season up with stop number 2 on Weiss Lake in Cherokee County, AL.  

With 22.60 pounds of all largemouth, the team of Mark McCaig and Tim Hurst took a commanding win on Weiss Lake with a 6-pound lead over the rest of the field along with $19,250 in winnings and bonuses.

Lew’s Round Six Big Bass Winners

Lew’s Digital Tournaments are at the halfway point! Round 6 of the 12-week High School Fishing Digital Tournament completed this past Sunday, 5/17.

New Design of Freshwater Fishing Alabama License Plate Now Available

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) announces that its “Freshwater Fishing” distinctive license plate has been redesigned and is now available through probate offices statewide.

Alabama Bass Trail

Alabama Bass Trail Announces 2021 Tournament Schedule and Payout

Priority Registration Opens August 1

The Alabama Bass Trail (ABT) is pleased to unveil dates and locations of the 2021 tournament series which includes a payout reaching over $580,000. Returning for the eighth season, the team-style tournament series is held on eleven different lakes of the Alabama Bass Trail beginning February 20, 2021, with the championship tournament to be held on October 22-23, 2021. Anglers in the no-entry-fee championship will be competing for over $100,000 in cash, including a $50,000 first-place prize and top bragging rights for the year. 

Alabama Bass Trail 100 Registration Opens June 1

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Tournament bass anglers who are ready to step up in competition need to mark their calendars for June 1, 2020 and set the alarm clock to 6 a.m. That date and time is when registration opens for the newest bass trail in Alabama aimed at serious tournament anglers., the Alabama Bass Trail 100.

The winners of the Alabama Bass Trail 100 tournaments will receive prize belts and $25,000. Photo by Billy Pope