Joseph Myers commentary: I've got a fishing tournament for you

The Big Cat Quest Tournament Trail, which includes stops in Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia, will hold a tournament Saturday in Columbus in conjunction with the barbecue festival downtown.

The tournament has a $200 entry fee per two-man team, and there's $5,000 in cash and prizes guaranteed, regardless of how many teams compete. Registration for the event will be 4-9 p.m. Friday at the weigh-in site, at the intersection of Bay and 11th Streets.

The northern boundary for the tournament is the 13th Street bridge in Columbus, while the southern border is the southern dam on Lake Eufaula, meaning there's no fishing below the Fort Gaines Dam. Anglers can fish all water by boat between the boundaries and should hold the appropriate (Alabama or Georgia) fishing license.

For more information about the tournament, call Ken Freeman at (731) 234-1888 or go to

Summer camps

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division will hold several overnight camps for children this summer at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield.

"Wildlife Week" will run June 25-29 and is open to boys and girls ages 11-12. Campers will spend a week with Georgia DNR biologists, educators and naturalists, learning about Georgia's wildlife and natural resources, shooting sports, outdoor survival skills, hiking, camping, astronomy and more. The cost of the camp is $225 per person.

"Girls of the Great Outdoors" is scheduled for July 11-13 and is open to girls ages 10-12. This three-day camp is designed to introduce girls to outdoor skills and wildlife studies. Activities will include hiking, camping, stream and pond studies, fishing and shooting sports. All programs will be led by women who are experts in their respective fields. The cost is $125 per camper.

The "Shooting Sports Camp" will be July 16-20 and is open to those 13-15. Campers will spend five days developing skills in shooting sports, fishing, birding, hiking and more. All shooting sports will be taught and supervised by DNR certified instructors. The cost is $225 per camper.

To register, call 770-784-3059 to request a form. For more information, email Julie Watson at

Callaway Gardens report

The water temperature last week was 69 degrees, with several 5-9-pound largemouth bass caught on Mountain Creek Lake.

A 3.7-pound black crappie, seven-tenths of a pound off the Georgia record, was caught using a chartreuse jig. Also, bream are bedding right now, and several in the 1-pound range have been caught.

-- Joseph Myers is an independent correspondent. Contact him at