New Waterfowl Lands: Federal officials approved the purchase of 50 acres for the Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge near Bald Knob, adding to the 15,000 acres already being protected as a winter migratory bird resting area. It comprises primarily tupelo brakes, hardwood bottoms and croplands along bass bite around the edges. One of the hottest areas is mid-lake between Goosepond Colony and Seibold Creek, where back-channel ridges and creek mouths hold fish. Work a Mann's Rat or Strike King Pop'n Frog on braided line around grass lines. Bass also will be deeper, about 8 to 10 feet, and can be caught by Texas-rigging a nine-inch Big Dead Ringer worm with a quarter-ounce slip sinker and swimming it through the top of the grass. Junebug, black and red shad are top colors. Try flipping a one-ounce black/blue jig in grass openings, too. Contact: Doug Campbell (256-582-6060).