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OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports

LAKE SEMINOLE — Bass fishing is fair. The largest concentrations of largemouths can be found on creek points and along creek bends. Seek the clearest water available up the creeks and use Texas-rigged worms. Near grass beds use jerkbaits and floating stickbaits for the best results. Frog-type lures may pay off in grass and around visible wood structure. When using worms, go with the lightest weight possible. Crappies are doing well on live minnows for some anglers. As a rule, they are still deep, but have shown signs recently of shallowing up a bit. Target the shad schools to locate the crappies. Warm-water fishes such as bream and catfish are still showing few signs of activity. (fair)


LAKE WALTER F. GEORGE – Bass fishing is fair along the banks with jigs. Fish as close as possible to the bankside cover. Deep-running crankbaits may work on main-lake points and spoons can pay off up the creeks on ledges. Texas-rigged lizards have worked fairly well on points and in rocky structure. Also try Carolina-rigged worms in dark colors and fish them very slowly for the best results. Slow-rolled spinnerbaits are also recommended. Crappies are slow to bite right now. Most are suspended deep and reluctant to get active. Minnows drop-fished in deep brush may produce some minimal catches. On a positive note, individual fish sizes are good. All other species are extremely slow. (fair)


FLINT RIVER — The occasional shoal bass may be taken now. 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. (poor)


LAKE BLACKSHEAR — Bass are fair. Early in the morning fish small worms rigged Texas style. Later in the day, seek out warm-water areas around rocky structure. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and worms can pay off there. Crappies are fair. Like elsewhere, they are deep. Structure and depth are the key. Look to river and creek channels and concentrate on deep structure very near channel edges. Jigs or minnows work well and jigs should be fished very slowly. Other species besides bass and crappies are very slow. (poor)