Free Fishing Day is coming

Free Fishing Day, when residents and out-of-state visitors can fish for free in most public waters, whether fresh or saltwater, will be Saturday, June 11, during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 4-12. On this day, no fishing license will be required to fish in most public waters in Alabama. However, some piers and state public fishing lakes will still require a permit, and fishing for red snapper will still require a $10 Gulf Reef Fish Endorsement and saltwater angler registration, which is free.

4-H introduces students to fishing education

Kyler Jordan has been fishing before and likes it. “My aunt has a house by the lake and my other grandmother used to have a lake house at Smith Lake,” Jordan said. He had caught a catfish before while out fishing.

LYNN - One of the favorite pastimes of youth and grownups alike is the relaxation and excitement of fishing, especially when you hook and reel in a big one. Many youth today have never been fishing however. Kerri Roberts, the county 4-H Extension agent, sought a way to remedy this.

Alabama's outdoors provides solutions for social distancing

By David Rainer

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

While Governor Kay Ivey and Dr. Scott Harris, Chair of the Governor's COVID-19 Task Force, work hard alongside other state, national, and private enterprise leaders to mitigate the effects of the novel coronavirus and bring its spread to a conclusion, it is important that people maintain the social distancing and other health recommendation standards.  

Haleyville fishing team reels it in at Wilson Lake

Matt Baugus and Nash Collum finish seventh in the tournament.

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville High School fishing team placed well in the Wilson Lake tournament held Saturday, Sept. 7.
Matthew Baugus and Nash Collum finished seventh and the brother and sister team of Will and Maegan McCullar came in 16th out of 80 plus boats.
HHS finished as a whole fourth out of 21 schools. Team adviser John McCullar commented, “Our team performed pretty well for the tournament.”
The next tournament will be Nov. 16, at Wheeler Lake.

PHS fishing teams do well in qualifier

Wesley Williams and Matthew Chambers took three fish to the scales for a total weight of 7.90 pounds, giving them a 30th place finish in the senior division field made up of 192 boats.

The Phillips Fishing Team, known as Bear Creek Bass Anglers, competed in the Alabama Students Angler Bass Fishing Association’s spring qualifier on Lake Neely Henry on March 23. Three boats were sent - one junior
division, two senior division.

Garrett Hyde and Chase Burton finished the junior division, which had a total of 14 boats. They placed 7th with a weight of 1.74 pounds from one fish.

Fishing tournament set

The Winston County High School Anglers is sponsoring its first-ever fishing tournament Saturday, March 16, starting at safe light until 2 p.m. at Lewis Smith Lake dam. Entry fee is $75, with $25 going to support the fishing team. There is a $10 fee for the Big Fish, with 100 percent payout. There will be a top three payout. For more information, call Lewis at 205-388-0480 or Jason at 205-272-2252.