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OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

LAKE SEMINOLE -- Bass fishing is slow as water temperatures have dropped considerably. Some success is possible in the creeks using Texas-rigged worms fished beneath concentrations of shad. Areas with standing timber are best. Finding and flipping dead vegetation is also worth a try for anglers willing to brave the cold. Use a 4-inch flipping bait for the best results. Crappies are active in spots, but sporadic. They are also, as a rule, very deep. Fish ledges with live minnows. All other species are very slow and producing no reports.

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LAKE WALTER F. GEORGE -- Bass are slow. The shallow fish have moved deep as colder temperatures prevail. Jigging spoons are the best choice right now. Fish them vertically, directly in the concentrations of suspended fish. When the weather warms again, fish spinnerbaits on creek ledges along with Carolina-rigs and spoons. Crappies are slow to bite right now. Most are suspended deep and reluctant to get active. Minnows drop-fished in deep brush may produce some minimal catches. On a positive note, individual fish sizes are good. All other species are extremely slow.

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FLINT RIVER -- Few anglers are to be found on the river right now due to cool weather and withdrawal symptoms brought on by the end of deer season. Largemouths and shoal bass are likely to be quite slow right now. A warming trend next month could see the action picking up. Crappies are possible in good sizes and smaller numbers in locations where sizable schools are present. The crappie fishing is best described as hit or miss. Hybrids and stripers should soon be congregating near the dams. Bream and catfish are very slow right now.

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LAKE BLACKSHEAR -- Bass are slow and fish size is small. The few anglers fishing are catching some fish along the channel very deep. Slow-rolled spinnerbaits and Carolina-rigs are said to be taking the largest numbers of fish, but don't expect too much even under the best of circumstances. Cool-weather crappies may bite occasionally along channel ledges or near bridge structure on both minnows and small jigs. A few channel catfish will occasionally be caught in these areas as well. Hybrids are very slow and bream are not at all active.