Members Photos and Tales

 Send Manager Wilson your photo and a story and it will be published on this page!

Chris Ryan of Birmingham with 12 Club bass, March 2012

Chris Ryan of Birmingham caught this 12 lb bass from a club lake in March of 2012.

Chris Ryan with big club bass, March 2012

Chris Ryan with another big bass from a club lake, March of 2012.
Jay with a mature Golden Shiner

"It is outstanding to see so many mature Golden Shiners in Donavan Lake. Shiners will produce some truly giant bass," stated Hafner.
"Donavan Lake's fish population is balanced and healthy. It is good to see all classes of bream and small bass. The presence of Threadfin Shad and Golden Shiners should make for some outstanding fishing. The water is in good shape with a fine alga bloom. This lake is in the top 15% of all lakes that I have tested this year. Good job Manager Wilson," reported Hafner with a smile.
Noah Bentley with nice club bass, 20 Dec. 2014
Noah Bentley caught this nice bass from Sturdivant Lake on a Rat-L-Trap. After being released, the bass swam off toward deep water (20 Dec. 2015)

John Heard, Marion, keeps cool while bass fishing in July.
John Heard, Marion, knows how to beat the July heat. John catches lots of bass with finess baits and a light tackle spinning rod (July 2010).
Nice bass, March, 2008

Mike Hoke, Birmingham, joined the Club in January, 08.
Liz with another big bass, 08
Stephen Russell (below) and girlfriend Liz Lassiter (above and with larger bass) are members since early March, 08, and they really got after the big bass.

"Just wanted to send you a few pictures of the bass we have caught this March. My girlfriend Liz and I have been catching some big bass on the Donavan side. Fishing has been great!" ...Stephen Russell, April 4, 2008.

Below and left... 11 lb 7 oz. bass caught by Stephen in July, 08.
Stephen with another big bass...08
Liz with 10 lb 2 oz bass, 08
Stephen (Aug. 09)

Liz caught the big bass on this August, 2009, day. That is still a nice bass that Stephen caught.
Judson College art students
Larry Clark with Club bass, Aug. 07.

New member, Larry Clark, is fast learning to catch lunkers from Club lakes. Larry had little luck his first few trips but now he is tuned in and look at that smile.

This 11 lb. 7 oz. was caught in August, 07.
Brother Ray Wilson, Heber Springs, AR, catches a lot of big bass from club lakes.
Manager Wilson, July of 07
Ray Wilson (brother of Manager Wilson) from Heber Springs, AR., catches a lot of big bass at the Club. This one hit a buzzbait, July, 07. Manager Wilson with another big bass f rom a Club lake, July of 07..
David Potts with another Club bass

David Potts of Marion is one of the best Club bass fishermen, July of 07.
Manager Wilson with big Club bass

ManagerWilson gets lucky with a Club lunker, July of 07.
Manager Wilson, June of 07.
David Potts, June of 07.

Manager Wilson (left) and David Potts (above) catch lots of big bass from Club lakes. These two fish were caught in the summer of 07.
Shane Stuart, Daphne, AL., sent the two following photos and email after another great trip to Bar-D:
Shane Stuart with two 2 lb bream
Mess of big bream...Bar-D

"Mr. Wilson,
Let me start by saying that the club is everything I expected and more. When I joined in March without even wetting a hook before I signed the check, I was a little nervous. But over the last two months I have had an excellent time each time I have come up. For several years I went over to Louisiana fishing but I will not go back there as long as I can fish at Donovan and Bar D Lakes. I used the fish cleaning station last month when you got it finished and it worked very well. The worst part of any fishing trip is having to clean your fish when you get home but now that you have the fish cleaning station, I clean my fish before I go home. It is really nice to be able to get home and enjoy fresh fish without all the hassle. Thank you very much for put that up for the club members. I saw a statement in your newsletter that you wanted a picture of a 2 lb. bream to put on the site. I am attaching a picture of 2 - 2 lb bream. I caught these to at Bar D on May 6, 2004. The female on the left weighed 2.1 lbs and the male on the right weighed 1.9 lbs. Both were weighed the next day so they had already lost a little weight. One was caught on a fly rod and the other was caught on an ultra-light. These are by far the two largest bream I have ever caught and I am going to have both of them mounted together. Thanks again for all of the hard work you put in to make the club an excellent place to fish." Shane Stuart Daphne, AL
David Carlisle from Bay Minnette with a big Bar-D bass
David Carlisle with 10 lb 4 oz bass from Bar-D
Big bass are caught in every month of the year at the Bar-D lakes. David Carlisle from Bay Minnette usually hooks into at least one big bass per trip. "I hung one bass with eyeballs as big as quaters...could have been 15 pounds. It pulled loose at the boat," reported Dave (Aug. 2003). Click on the right image for an enlarged view. Hold cursor for a few seconds over the enlarged image for scroll bar button to button for scroll bars.
Larry Daw from Satsuma with a 2 lb 12 oz shellcracker from Donavan Lake, June, 04
Joe Elliott of Brent with a nice tilapia
Larry Daw of Satsuma, AL, with a 2 lb 12 oz shellcracker from Donavan Lake, June of 04.
Peppe Daw, Larry's son, got to watch his father catch this monster bream. This is what fishing is all about.
Joe Elliott of Brent caught this nice tilapia on a cricket.
David Potts of Marion with a big shellcracker
Dr. David Potts, President of Judson College, caught this nice shellcracker on a microlight rod and a Roostertail lure.
Art sticks created by Judson College students
Art sticks created by Judson College students and placed beside Sturdivant Lake. This landscaping art is a product of Manager Wilson's idle time. These sticks have been replaced by a series of newly designed art works (June, 09).
Manager Wilson placing trees for structure
Manager Wilson and Jessie Holifield recently placed hardwood trees for structure in Donavan Lake. Let's hope the beaver don't eat the oak and hackberry.
American Sport Fish Hatchery of Montgomery, Al
American Sport Fish of Montgomery supplied the F1 hybrid bass, coppernose bream, fathead minnows, and threadfin shad for the Club.
Brian Sharp and big bass, 2008

Brian Sharp, member since February, 2008. Read his fishing report below this photo.
Brian Sharp, 2008
E-mail from Brian Sharp: We had 9 fish this day, biggest was 7.2 pounds, (2) 6 pounders, (5) 5 pounders, and one small fish. (4) caught on worms, (1) on a stick bait, (1) caught on a jig-n-pig, (3) on crank baits all within about 50 feet of each other over a 3 hour period. We were the only folks on the lake that day and the bass were feeding on shad like I had never seen in my life. It was a 6 hour feeding frenzy. I bet they bit today with this weather on its way. We had weather coming on that day too. My buddy was wearing the blue jacket it was the first time he has fished in about 15 years, he caught two 5's and a 6 (March day, 2008).
Jessie Holifield with 22 lb grass carp from Donavan Lake
Jessie Holifield caught this 22 lb Grass Carp on Donavan Lake. Grass Carp were stocked in all Club lakes to help control weeds. After these fish get over 12 inches long, their gill rakers are too far apart for them to effectively feed on filamentous algae which is the main reason that they are placed in lakes.

Large Grass Carp are actually a small problem in fishing lakes and they are very hard to catch for removal. Jessie has permission to bow fish for Grass Carp. Yes, Jessie "caught" this big fish on a fishing bow...what a sight to watch.
The Swan men (brothers, uncles, grandpaws, etc. have been guests at the Donavan Inn for three straight years. They value the time they spend together at the Donavan Club. They are good fishermen and a lot of fun to know.

Eddie caught the 17 lb catfish on a crankbait. He thought he had a world record bass for a while.

Riddle: How do you turn a catfish into a swan? The answer can be found on one of these photos.
David Swan Uncle Raymond Swan
Eddie Swan
Catfish supper at Donavan Inn

Thomas H. Wilson, Manager
1714 Prier Drive
Marion, AL 36756

© 2001 Donavan Lakes Fishing Club