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I'll be including personal fishing reports in the section below the map covering the midsouth area states Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee based on my experience fishing the area lakes. You will also find information about any regulation changes that I hear about for these three states.

Keep in mind that I try to get out on the lake as much as you do so click on the state links for the three midsouth states below to read all of the fishing regulations to stay out of trouble.

To help anglers across the United States, I have included a quick link map to each state's government fishing resources web site page for your convenience.

You can quickly find out the regulations for each state by using the map link below. You can also use the map to see which states allow you to purchase a fishing license directly on-line at their official web site. Some states do and some don't.

Many of the states have excellent weekly fishing reports on their web site to let you know what fish are biting on the lakes in your area. You may get lucky enough to find your self right on top of a fishing hotspot.

Add my site as a favorite to have one place to find a link to each states' official fishing web sites to help you plan that vacation fishing trip free of potential fines from the game wardens. They don't take "I didn't know" as an excuse for violating their state's fishing regulations.



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March 2, 2008

Have to tell you, I was in Panther Creek at the back and found some 57 degree water off a point that turned out deadly. Caught 15 nice bass between 2 1/2 and 3 pounds and over half were Spots.

The wind came up pretty strong, but the really great thing about fishing Pickwick Lake is that you can always find a nice cove out of the wind. 
All the fish today were taken off a Rat-R-Trap Crome and blue 1/2 ounce. About 2pm, they seemed to want something in the bone color, and would not hit the chrome and blue. 
As I make some of the trips I will put the honey hole outcome on my site as fast as possible so you do not miss out. 
Right now Pickwick Lake is down, but look for them to bring it up in the upcoming months. For the anglers that don't know, the lake water level is controlled by Pickwick Dam. 



March 6, 2008


For all you folks headed out to catch some small mouth, just out of Bass Times.


A new 18 inch Minimum length limit for smallmouth bass went into effect at Fisheries across the state this month. Kentucky, Dale Hollow, and Douglas reservioirs will be excluded from this restriction. O  n Boone, South Holston and Watauga Reservoirs, the new Minimum length limit on smallmouth bass will be 16 inches, but will increased to 18 inches next year.


Other 2008 regulation changes for black bass on various Tennessee waters can be viewed in the News section of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's Web site at

Also for the boat owners the New Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission approved changes in boating registration and fees for the 2008 season. Fees for boats 16 feet or less will increase for $10.00 to $13.00, and fees for boats more than 16 feet - but less than 26 feet in length will cost $25.00. All boats must also have validation decals affixed to each side, preceding the Tennessee identification number.

Stay Safe and Legal


Keep the Hooks Wet!


Steve McGoldrick




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