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OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports

Lake Seminole — Bass are good. Many are holding in deeper creeks around old standing timber. Drop-shot rigs fished on spinning tackle are recommended. Texas-rigged 6-inch worms are also good bait choices. Deep-running crankbaits are also paying off near the bends of old creek channels. At present, the key is locating schools of shad that have been driven deep by the cool weather. Crappies have been good in deep water. Target the Flint River at depths of 10 to 20 feet and use minnows. There are few positive reports of other species at present

Lake Walter F. George — Bass are fair. Buzzbaits and spinnerbaits have been working in areas where schooling fish have driven shad into shallow locations up the creeks. Shallows where grass is present are the best places to target. For larger fish, try flipping jigs in submerged brush and flooded woody cover. The ledges continue to hold fish, but the bite there has been sporadic. There is a fair hybrid and white bass bite going on up the creeks as well. Use Rat-L-Traps and other lip-less crankbaits. Deep-water crappies are fair along the deeper creek channels and around submerged structure. All other species are slow

Flint River — There might be some improvement in the bass fishing when the weather warms consistently during the day. Shoal bass are not as active as they might be, but a few may be caught with shallow crankbaits or crawdad-colored grubs. Largemouths may bite from time to time working the banks near wood structure. Bream are very slow.

Lake Blackshear — Bass are on the slow side and few anglers are out right now. For bass, deep and slow presentations are the key. Jig fishing along the ledges may be worth a try and deep-water Carolina-rigging may work as well. Suspending jerkbaits are recommended by some. Crappies are deep along old channel structure. Target schools of shad and fish jigs or minnows beneath the schools. Other species are producing few positive reports.esent. Crappies and catfish are slow overall, but may provide sporadic action with an increase in water temperature.