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Weekly Fishing Reports

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

LAKE SEMINOLE - Bass fishing is good. Largemouths are bedding and sight-fishing has been productive. Shallow, sandy areas up the creeks, in backwaters, and the main lake have all been producing fish. For bedding fish, lizards and finesse worms are recommended. Post-spawn fish are also holding in areas that contain vegetation (primarily lily-pad patches). Frog-type baits on strong, braided line will work in the tough pad stems. Crappies are very good. They may be found shallow as well as in post-spawn pattern on the ledges. Live minnows and jigs are both productive. Bream fishing is picking up. Shellcrackers have shown signs of life recently and bluegills are becoming active. Catfish are biting with some consistency, particularly in the afternoon and hybrid action is on the upswing as well.

LAKE EUFAULA - Bass fishing is very good. Shallow bass are actively feeding now. Spinnerbaits in shallow grass are producing some good numbers and good individual sizes. Buzzbaits have also worked in these locations. Most fish remain in a pre-spawn pattern. Swimming a weedless-rigged lizard through thick brush is a recommended technique. Crappies are steadily increasing their activity. Many fish remain on the ledges, but a good number of schools are in shallower water. Minnows are producing the most fish at present. Hybrids have been active on the Lake's south end of late and the bream are picking up, though individual fish sizes are relatively small. Catfish are biting late in the afternoon on the flats.

FLINT RIVER - The crappies, which have been holding in pre-spawn pattern for so long on the river ledges, are now reported as moving shallow. Fishing for crappies is reported as good overall, with minnows the prime baits. Shellcrackers and channel cats have been active below the power dam, with several good catches reported. The hybrids, stripers, and white bass continue to be active in the tailwaters and the bass are showing marked improvement on the Lake Chehaw side of the dam and farther upstream. Shoal bass, in particular, have been noteworthy of late. Bluegills and redbreasts are producing few reports at present.

LAKE BLACKSHEAR - Crappie fishing on the lake is good. Fish are finally shallowing up and are biting in and near spawning structure. Cypress-tree areas are mentioned favorably. Both jigs and minnows are consistently producing fair-to-good catches. Bass fishing is on the upswing, but remains slow to fair overall. The largemouths are steadily moving into shallower water and, as warmer water continues to prevail, should continue to improve. There are also indications that bream fishing is rapidly improving. Crickets have been producing some pretty good bluegill catches and a few shellcrackers are being taken on worms as well. Catfish have shown pretty good consistency of late.