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OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

Lake Seminole -- Bass are slow and tough to catch. Topwater baits fished early are the best bets. Fish baits designed to work directly in the thick vegetation and in open grass-bed pockets. Stick with the thick cover. Bass will hold there to escape the heat. Crappie fishing is very slow. The "doldrums" will likely last until a fall cool-down. Bream fishing has been fair to good. Shellcrackers have been actively taking red wigglers and bluegills have done well on crickets. Hybrids may come up late in the afternoon and catfish are reasonably consistent.

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Lake Walter F. George -- Bass fishing is fair. On the northern end of the lake, fish frog-type lures around the grass lines. Flipping grass mats near coves is another good shallow-water technique. Crankbaits are the key to the deep ledges now as are Texas-rig worms in trees and brush. Hybrids are good and schooling early and late over the ledges. Catch these fish with a shad-imitating crankbait. Crappies are fair. Ledges in 15 to 20 feet of water have been giving up some pretty good fish. Bream are good. Use red wigglers.

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Flint River -- Fishing has been fair to good overall. Most species have shown steady improvement over the past week or so. Some fish continue to bite despite the fluctuating water clarity and overall changing conditions. Shoal bass remain quite active as the hot weather continues. Fish early in the day and expect some pretty good topwater action. Tiny Torpedoes and buzzbaits are good. Largemouths are slow. Bream fishing can be fair. Redbreasts and bluegills are active early on crickets fished near the banks. Catfish are a bit slow, but steady.

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Lake Blackshear -- Action-wise, bass are good. According to some reports, however, fish size leaves something to be desired. Fish small plastic worms around docks and cypress trees. Crappies are slow. There are plenty of fish holding along the river channel ledges between 15 and 25 feet, but they are reluctant to bite either minnows or jigs. Stripers and catfish are slow and only scant bream reports are available.