can be caught from deep streams to marshes using a variety of
baits from pet food to dough-balls and canned corn. They are
also caught using a bow and arrow!
seek protective cover such as logs, vegetation, rocks, and even
man-made structures. They prefer clear, quiet water but will
survive in a variety of habitats including streams, rivers, lakes,
and reservoirs. Summer is the best time to fish for largemouth bass
with the best success in the evenings or mornings using minnows,
artificial baits, earthworms, and even frogs.
prefer cool streams as well as clear, cool reservoirs and lakes.
Crank baits, jigs, minnows, or crayfish (artificial or natural) are
excellent baits to use when trying to land the next smallmouth bass
state record. Most smallmouth bass activity occurs
at dawn or on a summer night around rocky areas. (In
fact, many enjoy catching this fish for the "scrappy" fight they
stay in larger rivers but are also found in reservoirs with clear
water. Minnows, jigs, spinners, and plugs (small and medium) are
excellent for white bass fishing. A schooling fish, white bass are
good fighters but are less desirable for eating.
are river fish preferring large, cold water rivers and lakes.
Walleye are found mainly in the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway.
Effective baits to use when fishing for walleye are nightcrawlers,
minnows, plugs, spinner combos, and jigs. Being a schooling fish,
if you catch one chances are you will catch another.
are considered by many anglers to be one of the most aggressive
fish to hook while fishing. The bowfin prefers sluggish, swampy
bays of warm rivers and lakes. Bait used for catching a bowfin
includes worms, nightcrawlers, minnows, frogs, crayfish or
are active at night in streams, rivers, oxbow lakes, and ponds.
These fish are caught in a variety of ways including hand grabbing,
jugs, limblines, rod and reels, and trotlines. The best bait to use
is liver, stink baits, cut fishes, and worms.
prefer clear quiet waters with abundant vegetation. Fishing near
the bottom using natural (not artificial) baits and worms
(earthworms and grubs) is effective when trying to hook a
give a scrappy fight. These fish prefer vegetated waters of
shallow lakes and ponds. Crickets, earthworms, small artificial
baits (spinners and flies) are excellent to use around the shore
near vegetated areas, but do not fish after dusk since this is when
bluegill stop biting.