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Catch more fish with proven tips and techniques from fishing guides, pros and successful anglers for each fishing season of the year.  

Two-time Alabama Bass Trail Angler of the Year Chris Rutland of Wetumpka on Lake Jordan with a spotted bass.

Photograph by Stephen Davis

Catch more fish with proven tips and techniques from fishing guides, pros and successful anglers for each fishing season of the year.  

Two-time Alabama Bass Trail Angler of the Year Chris Rutland of Wetumpka on Lake Jordan with a spotted bass.

Photograph by Stephen Davis

Pickwick Bass

Bass Fishing on Pickwick Lake in May

Anglers headed to Pickwick must decide which species of bass to target. Successful tournament angler and guide Brent Crow shares his tactics.

Lake Jordan

May Patterns for Lake Jordan's Bass

Two-time Alabama Bass Trail Angler of the Year Chris Rutland reveals winning patterns for finding and catching Lake Jordan’s bass.

Lake Martin Bass and Crappie

Same Day Bass and Crappie on Lake Martin

If you are ready to experience heart-stopping action for bass and the thrill of catching crappie on the same day, April is a fantastic month.

spider rig with livescope

Spider Rigging with LiveScope on Wheeler Lake

Winning tournament angler Kevin McCarley combines spider rigging with LiveScope for finding and catching crappie on Wheeler Lake in April.

A Winning Pattern for Lake Eufaula's Bass in Spring

A Winning Pattern for Lake Eufaula's Bass in Spring

Shane Powell's pattern for catching Lake Eufaula's largemouth bass in spring produces winning weights of nearly 30 pounds.

Dustin Connell

Dustin Connell's Top Pick for Spotted Bass

Oliver Lake on the Warrior River offers some of the best fishing in the state for trophy spots in early spring.

Fall to Winter Fishing for Spotted Sea Trout on Mobile Bay

Deep holes in rivers and canals can hold aggressive trout readily willing to hit artificials. Here is what you need to know.

national fishing

National Champion Eric Cagle Reveals How To Find Crappie

Winning tournament angler and guide Eric Cagle’s techniques for finding and catching crappie on Lake Martin in late fall.

best smallmouth fishing

Smallmouth Tips From Three Pickwick Lake Guides

When it comes to the best smallmouth bass fishing on the planet, few lakes enjoy the reputation of Pickwick. If you are an avid smallmouth angler, don’t let this bucket list adventure pass you by.

Fall Frog Fishing Patterns for Lake Guntersville

Fall Frog Fishing Patterns for Lake Guntersville

Mike Carter's two fall FRAWG patterns produce explosive strikes on Lake Guntersville from September through November.

Three Patterns for Big Creek's Largemouth in Early Fall

Three Patterns for Big Creek's Largemouth in Early Fall

September through mid-October provides Big Creek Lake anglers an excellent opportunity to have fun fishing shallow or deep.

Find Big Crappie on Lake Eufaula using Garmin’s LiveScope

Find Big Crappie on Lake Eufaula using Garmin LiveScope

Professional tournament angler Blake Phillips uses the latest technology and lures to catch big crappie on Lake Eufaula with a pattern that produces year-round.

Lower Chattahoochee Catfish Action

Lower Chattahoochee Catfish Action

Downstream from Eufaula, the "Hooch" offers excellent summer catfishing. Here's how to join in the fun!

Summer Bassin on the Tombigbee River

Summer Bassin on the Tombigbee River

Aliceville, Gainesville and Demopolis lakes on the Tombigbee River provide plenty of bass action in July.

flathead catfishing in alabama

Summer Destinations for Flatheads

Five hot destinations for summer flathead catfishing in Alabama.

For an outdoor family, fishing creates some of the most memorial times in a child's life. Catching a first fish, a big fish or a certain species forms an unforgettable memory. Combine this with a first camping trip to the beach and it's truly a remarkable vacation. No summer vacation would be complete without a trip to our coast where saltwater opportunities abound. Orange Beach offers a wide variety of species and world-class fishing. And onshore, families can experience a variety of activities and attractions. Plan to spend one of your vacation days with Captain Troy Frady of Orange Beach on his 41-foot Hatteras named Distraction. He offers families highly specialized trips for reef fish on his 41-foot Hatteras named Distraction. He goes the distance to enrich a family’s time on the water. "My focus," Frady explained, "is on people who look at fishing as an experience -- a fun activity while they are on vacation. It's also educational. The deckhand shows the kids how to tie the knots and make the different rigs we fish. Both adults and children are welcome to come upstairs into the wheelhouse to drive the boat and try their hand at navigation by following a GPS course. And whenever we see wildlife, we don't pass it up; you can't assume people have seen dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and the other organisms living in our waters." Frady promotes sustainable fish management by encouraging clients to adopt catch and release or to keep only the best fish. This successful captain also specializes in catching reef fish higher in the water column to avoid injuries from barotrauma. He does not fish on the bottom. "I circle an artificial reef until sonar shows fish suspended over the reef," Frady said. "I hold the boat in position and we start throwing chunks of baitfish to entice them closer to the surface. We usually don't have a problem as red snapper are aggressive feeders." As you can imagine, catching reef fish close to surface has more advantages than the health of the fish: tangles are rare, it is not necessary to vent fish, light tackle is more fun, and the action if faster. Frady's gear for this situation is not what you would expect. "I have bass rods rated for 12-pound-test line," he continued, "but I do use 30-pound-test line due to the sharp teeth on reef fish. However, if the fish are skittish, I'll tie on a 10-pound-test fluorocarbon leader. To take your family fishing with Troy Frady, telephone him at (251) 975-8111 or visit his website at www.distractioncharters.com. An excellent place to stay on Alabama’s coast is the 6,150-acre Gulf State Park located in Gulf Shores. It has two miles of beach, a large campground, cabins, hiking trails and a fishing pier. There is also a golf course, nature center, tennis courts and a 900-acre lake. For more information on Gulf State Park, visit www.alapark.com/parks/gulf-state-park.

Family Fishing for Orange Beach Reef Fish

Take the family reef fishing off Orange Beach for an unforgettable adventure.

Limblines for Big Alabama Catfish

Limblines for Big Alabama River Catfish

How to catch big Alabama River catfish using limblines.

Dustin Connell's Top Pick for Spotted Bass

Dustin Connell's Strategy for Fishing Lake Jordan

Fishing Tips from Dustin Connell on Jordan's largemouth and spotted Bass in April.

Jordan Lee on Guntersville

Jordan Lee's Tactics for Prespawn Bass on Lake Guntersville

Jordan Lee's tactics for finding and catching prespawn bass on Lake Guntersville.

Bass fishing on Lake Wedowee

Explosive Bass Fishing on Lake Wedowee

Springtime bass fishing on Wedowee is like a stick of dynamite says Jackson Bonner.

Winter Largemouth on Lake Eufaula

Winter Largemoutn on Lake Eufaula

Winning tournament angler Ryan Ingram reveals patterns for catching big bass in late winter.

cold water bass

Top Cold-Water Bass Patterns for Millers Ferry

David Hagan's cold water patterns for catching big bass on the Alabama River.

3 pound crappie

Catch Slab Crappie This Winter on Lake Guntersville

A pattern for catching 2- to 3-pound crappie from last fall through winter on Lake Guntersville.

Winter bass fishing

Russ Lane's Hot Patterns on Lake Jordan

Russ Lane's tips for catching largemouth and spotted bass in late fall and winter.

Weiss Lake Slab Crappie

Long-line Trolling at Weiss Lake

Hot tips from a top crappie guide for catching slabs in November.

Nearshore Redfish Action

Bama's Winter Nearshore Action off Orange Beach

Fast fishing nearshore for 20- to 30-pound redfish with crankbaits and topwater lures.

Bass fishing on Smith Lake

No Place for Bass to Hide on Smith Lake Using Garmin LiveScope

Catch spotted bass, largemouth and striped bass in a day of fall fishing.

Winter fishing on the Coosa

Neely Henry's Trophy Catfish

Cold water fishing for trophy cats on the Coosa River.

Bass fishing on Pickwick

Top Tips for Fall Bass on Pickwick Lake

The hottest smallmouth bite on the planet begins in October on the Tennessee River.

Fishing on Lake Frank Jackson

Fall Camping and Fishing on Lake Frank Jackson

A fall camping trip to this state lake in Opp is a fishing treat.

Spotted Bass Action this Fall on Lake Jordan

Winning tips for finding and catching spotted bass this fall.

Summer Bass Tactics

Late Summer Bass Tactics on Jones Bluff

From late June to early October, crankbaits and jigs are a one-two punch on the Alabama River.

Summer night fishing

Summer Night Fishing on Weiss Lake

Spotted bass cannot resist spinnerbaits on summer nights.

Weiss Lake Crappie

Find and Catch Weiss Lake Crappie in Late Summer

Veteran guide and winning tournament angler David Stancil reveals how anglers can catch as many crappie in September as in spring.

Big Summer Catfish on Lake Andrews

Winning tournament angler Jody Atkins nabs trophy cats on the Chattahoochee River.

Big Creek's Late Summer Pattern

A Late Summer Pattern for Bass on Big Creek Lake

This Mobile City water supply reservoir yields 5-pounders in late summer.

Big Bear Crappie Fishing

Catch More Slabs on Big Bear

Veteran guide Brad Whitehead says Big Bear is a hidden treasure for crappie.

Catching Smith Lake's Bass in May

Secrets Revealed for Catching Smith Lake's Bass in May

Winning tournament anglers Jesse Wiggins and Craig Daniel reveal the secrets of their success.

Lake Jordan's Best Patterns

Lake Jordan's Best Patterns for June

Brent Crow details strategies for catching largemouth and spots on Lake Jordan in June.

Winning Bass Patterns on Weiss

Winning Bass Patterns on Weiss Lake

Winning patterns for bass in June on the Alabama Bass Trail.

Top Bluegill Destination

Take a Family Fishing Trip to Lake Guntersville

Bama's top bluegill destination for May and June.

Our Record Bluegill and Shellcracker

Our Record Bluegill and Shellcracker

T. S. Hudson’s bluegill weighed 4 pounds, 12 ounces, and it was 15 inches long, with a girth of 18¼ inches. 

The shellcracker caught by T. J. Lashley  Sr. of Ardilla officially weighing 4 pounds, 4 ounces. It measured 15 inches in length and 7½ inches from top to  bottom.  

T. S. Hudson’s bluegill weighed 4 pounds, 12 ounces, and it was 15 inches long, with a girth of 18¼ inches. 

Alabama state-record shellcracker

The shellcracker caught by T. J. Lashley  Sr. of Ardilla officially weighing 4 pounds, 4 ounces. It measured 15 inches in length and 7½ inches from top to  bottom.