OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports

Lake Seminole — Bass fishing is good. Early bedding staging is reported. Sight-fishing is a recommended tactic now. Look for bedding largemouths in clear, shallow water. Tube baits, lizards and various other sight-fishing lures will work when bedding fish show a willingness to strike. Away from the beds themselves, try jerkbaits on spinning gear with lighter line. Crappies are good. Both minnows and jigs are paying off. Jig-fishing will improve markedly as the approaching spring weather warms consistently. Bream, catfish and other species are still relatively inactive.

Lake Walter F. George — Bass are good. Jigs, Texas-rigs and both lipped and lip-less crankbaits are doing well. Near the banks, try spinnerbaits and Shad Raps for fair results. In the creeks, use Carolina or Texas-rigged lizards. Rat-L-Traps or similar lures are recommended when fishing points and jig fishing is good around wood structure. Hybrids are still on the deeper ledges, but are suspended and slow to bite. Crappies remain deep and have slowed down. For now, fish minnows and tipped jigs around deep structure. Shallow up as the water warms. Bream and catfish remain very slow for now.

Flint River — Shoal bass activity should be on the upswing during the next week or two. Largemouths will likely become more active as well. When the water warms and remains warmer for a few days, fish shallow crankbaits and grubs in the swift water for shoalies and try Texas-rigs near the banks for largemouths. Catfish are slow and crappies will remain deep for awhile, but should come up and get active soon. Crappie size remains good. Bream are still slow and should remain so until the onset of consistently warm weather.

Lake Blackshear — Bass fishing can be fair to good. Carolina-rigs and drop-shot rigs are producing a few good deep-water largemouths for the patient angler. Continue to anticipate a consistent warm-up and look for bass to shallow up around docks and trees soon. Crappies remain deep on channel ledges and some are still suspended near the creek mouths. Fish them slowly and with great finesse with jigs. Watch closely for large spawning concentrations to appear very soon. Catfish, bream, and striped bass schools continue to await a consistent warming period before becoming active.