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OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports

Lake Seminole -- Bass are good. Shallow crankbaits are working on flats and in backwater pockets. Flipping shallow grass in the backwaters is also a good technique. Look for the lip-less crankbait bite to improve as waters cool and grass continues to die off. Crappies are fair along grasslines at 7-10 feet. Work small tube lures parallel to the grass and fish them slowly for the best results. Bream remain slow, but catfish have become semi-active at depths around 15 feet over hard bottoms. Spotty reports of a few nice hybrids have come in.


Lake Walter F. George -- Bass are good and the shallow bite is still fair. Ledge fishing continues to produce as well. Frog-type lures and spinnerbaits may work in the shallow grass. Flipping lily pads and grass mats is good when the sun gets high. Ledge fishing is productive with deep crankbaits, spoons, or jigs. Crappies are slow overall, but a few may be taken from creek ledges. Numbers are way down, but individual fish size is pretty good. Bream are still slow for now.


Flint River -- Fishing is fair at best right now, though consistent fish activity seems to be increasing overall. Shoal bass are fairly active, and pressure is light. Early in the day, especially, spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits may pay off. Largemouths are slow. Bream fishing remains on a "down" turn as well and crappie reports are few. Catfish remain slow, but some pan-size channel cats become active from time to time, especially near bridge structure.


Lake Blackshear -- Action-wise, bass are pretty good. Individual fish sizes are reported as fair by some anglers and rather small by others. Fishing small plastic worms around docks and wood structure is a fairly good and reasonably reliable method right now. Crappies are fair. Plenty of fish are holding along river channel ledges at depths between 15 and 25 feet. They can be finicky, but when active provide reasonably steady action. There are few positive bream reports at this time and catfish are reported as fair in spots.