Sunday, April 8, 2012
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Lake Seminole — Bass fishing is fair and bedding activity continues. Stay with the backwater shallows and main-lake sandbars. Texas-rigged lizards are recommended baits. When targeting bedding fish, be patient and make accurate casts. The bedding bass must be “aggravated” into striking. Crappies continue fair to good, particularly on live minnows. Reports say numbers may be down a bit, but individual fish size is excellent as a rule. Bream, especially shellcrackers, are still active. Red wigglers are good bait offerings. Catfishing is slow at present.
Lake Walter F. George — Bass fishing is good all over the lake with creek mouths being the hottest target areas. Floating worms in grass and wood structure is a good pattern. Fishing the creek banks with slow-rolled spinnerbaits is a good technique as the water warms later in the day and the fish move shallow. Bream fishing is good. Shellcrackers are biting well and should remain reasonably active for a time. Right now they are in three to eight feet of water near live wood structure. Look for bream action to continue being good as water keeps warming. Crappies are fair and most fish are deep. Target ledges in 15 to 25 feet of water. Catfish are slow.
Flint River — Largemouth bass have improved and shoal bass are cooperating with some anglers. Some pretty good shoalies may show up near the dams and the downstream fishing is steadily improving as the weather warms. Crappie sizes continue to be good, though stringers are not showing many fish. Bream are still reported as slow overall with few large concentrations located. White bass and hybrids continue to improve as schools increase near the dams. Catfish are fair.
Lake Blackshear — Bream are slow, but catfish have picked up and are fair to good in places. Crappies are very good in quality and fair in quantity. Seek out the shallower creek ledges and use minnows or jigs. Stripers are improving and schooling action is on the increase. Bass fishermen should keep a rigged spoon or Rat-L-Trap handy for surfacing fish. Largemouths seem a little more concentrated lately and a few larger fish have shown up for some anglers. Catfish are fair..