OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

LAKE SEMINOLE – Bass fishing is good. Lip-less crankbaits and shallow-running crankbaits are paying dividends. Target grassy spots near the traditional migration “ditches.” When concentrations of fish are found, slow the approach with a Texas-rig worm or similar softbait. Grass is the main indicator when seeking fish. They have not as yet moved onto the flats in great numbers. Crappie fishing is fair. Good numbers of fish can be found along the river channels at 18 to 25 feet. They prefer minnows over jigs right now. Crappie fishing is good on nearly the entire length of the Flint River arm. Catfish may be found deep along the river channels. They are presently readily taking prepared stink baits. Bream and hybrids are very slow.

LAKE WALTER F. GEORGE – Bass fishing is fair with topwater fishing good early in the day. Grass lines are giving up some pretty good fish on the southern end of the lake. Late in the day, fish shallow-running crankbaits near docks and on points. Dock fishing is also fair with Texas-rig worms. Jig-and-pig combos and deep-running crankbaits are producing on the main-lake ledges. Crappies are fair in brush at 8 to 12 feet. Minnows are the best bet, but ¼-ounce jigging spoons have been taking a few in the stumps. Fish very slowly. Hybrids are moderately active during warm periods. Fish Rat-L-Traps, in-line spinners, or jigs on the Georgia side on the southern end of the lake for best results. Catfish and bream are very slow.

FLINT RIVER - The occasional shoal bass may be taken. Fish small pumpkinseed, motor oil, or craw-colored Carolina-rig softbaits in deeper pools at the foot of shoals for the best results. Largemouths are very slow. Bream are slow as well, and catfish are the same. Crappies can be fair, though the bite is often slow. It is largely a matter of random luck when any large, active concentration of fish is found. Individual fish, however, are pretty good in size. Use live minnows for best results.

LAKE BLACKSHEAR - Bass are fair. Early in the morning fish slowly with small worms rigged Texas style. Later in the day, seek out warm-water areas around rocky structure, where bass are likely to be more active. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and worms can pay off there. Crappies are fair. Like elsewhere, they are deep. Structure and depth are the key. Look to channels of creeks or the river itself and concentrate on spots with deep structure near channel edges. Jigs or minnows work well and jigs should be. Species other than bass and crappies are very slow.