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OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports; Herald Outdoors Writer Kornegay wins four state awards

Another year, a bunch more accolades for longtime Albany Herald Outdoors Writer Bob Kornegay.

At the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association Conference in Savannah earlier this year, Kornegay won Excellence In Craft Awards for the 2010 columns that appeared in The Herald, "Given My Druthers, I'll Take a Creek," and "River Styx Revisited." Then two weeks ago, he received Excellence In Craft honors from the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association for the column, "One Empty Chair."

Then just this week, Kornegay received another SOEPA award for the column, "Swamp Sojourn."

The Herald would like to congratulate Kornegay on another job well done as he continues to keep up the award-winning tradition that he and this newspaper have established.


Lake Seminole -- Bass fishing is slow. Along grass lines where there are baitfish, jerkbaits may be moderately successful. Grass in the main lake seems the best target area. Flipping deeper hydrilla beds in 10 to 15 feet of water has paid off for some. Crappies may bite reasonably well. Stay in the stumps or along the grasslines. Both minnows and jigs may work. Catfish are sporadically active. Look for them deep, over hard bottoms. Wigglers and stinkbaits can produce fair numbers of pan-size cats. Bream fishing is slow overall.

Lake Walter F. George -- Bass fishing is fair up the creeks. Fish soft-plastic baits near visible wood structure. Also try shallow-running crankbaits near creek mouths and points. Jig fishing can be fair around docks and wood structure. Crappie fishing is fair to good. Areas of slightly stained water or stained-water/clear-water meeting areas are good spots to target. Some good fish are coming from brushy structure at 8 to 15 feet. Minnows are the best bait at present. Areas beneath bridges are also prime locations. Bream and catfish are slow at present.

Lake Blackshear -- Bass fishing is slow. Along grass lines where there are baitfish, jerkbaits may be moderately successful. Grass in the main lake seems the best target area. Flipping deeper hydrilla beds in 10 to 15 feet of water has paid off for some. Crappies may bite reasonably well. Stay in the stumps or along the grasslines. Both minnows and jigs may work. Catfish are sporadically active. Look for them deep, over hard bottoms. Wigglers and stinkbaits can produce fair numbers of pan-size cats. Bream fishing is slow overall.

Flint River -- Bream fishing continues fair to good this week with overall improvement reported. Crappie sizes are good and the numbers of crappies are surprisingly good for some anglers, especially on the river's upper end. Shoal bass fishing is still good as quality fish are holding on the shoals up and downriver. Largemouth fishing is slow right now. Catfishing may have tailed off a bit, but is still relatively consistent.