OUTDOORS: Weekly Fishing Reports

Lake Seminole -- Bass fishing is very slow. There has been no consistent bite to speak of. The early morning topwater activity has dropped drastically and deep-water ledge fishing with crankbaits is probably the best bet right now. Flipping the thick main-lake hydrilla patches has paid off for some anglers. Bream fishing has been good. Crickets are taking good numbers of bluegills with reasonable consistency. Crappies remain summertime slow, but a few are being taken with minnows by some diehard anglers willing to brave the heat. Catfish are quite consistent and readily taking worms and stinkbaits.

Lake Walter F. George -- Bass are fair and fish are reasonably active. The best shallow-water action is on the northern end of the lake. Fish grass lines with topwater baits. Flipping is a good technique in grass patches leading back into shallow coves. Also work the ledges with deep-running crankbaits. Bream are active early and late in the day. The fish are very small as a rule with most anglers ignoring them. They may be caught readily on crickets. Catfishing is slow, but some good catches have been reported late in the afternoons. Try the flats between dusk and nightfall. Crappies may be taken during the day on deep, brushy flats near the river channel.

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.

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.