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OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports

Lake Seminole — Bass fishing is very good of late. Bass are active early and late in lily pad patches and can be caught on frog-type lures and other weedless topwater offerings. Shallow, grassy flats are good target areas. Oversized (9 or 10-inch) worms fished with a light weight are also recommended. Crappie fishing is fair. Fish are in a typical summer pattern and are holding on ledges and deeper flats in the rivers and creeks. They are deep, around 15 feet or more. Fish live minnows and artificials slowly when concentrations are found. Bream are fair. Catfish may be taken early and late and hybrids may surface sporadically late in the afternoon. (fair)

Lake Walter F. George — Bass fishing is good early and late in the day. Recommended baits include weedless jigs and frog-type lures fished in isolated grass patches. Also fish the ledges with Carolina rigs or flip grass mats found over deeper water. Deep-running crankbaits may also pay off. Crappies are cooperating with some anglers. They are on the flats in brush just off the main creek and river channels. Use spoons or live minnows at depths down to 20 feet. Bream are active, but individual fish are small. Late-afternoon and evening catfishing is fair. Hybrids are slow. (fair)

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. (fair)

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. (poor)