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OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports

Lake Seminole — Bass fishing is good. Spawning is taking place and some fish are already exhibiting post-spawn behavior. Target the shallow, sandy-bottom backwater areas for the best results Lizards fished near bedding areas are the recommended baits. Also try shallow-runing crankbaits near shallow grass beds. Crappies remain quite active. A lot of limits are reported with individual fish averaging between one and two pounds. Both minnows and jigs are producing well. Shellcrackers have gathered in large concentrations in shallow water in the sandy-bottom bedding and feeding areas. Few other species are producing positive reports at present (3/4 fish)


Lake Walter F. George — Bass are good. Throughout the day fish will hold on grass lines, points and shallow wood structure. Spinnerbaits are recommended for the stained water. Up the creeks, deep-running crankbaits are producing. Dock fishing with Texas-rigged worms is also paying dividends. Target the grass and wood structure all day. Crappies are in pre-spawn mode. Deep-water schools are breaking up and remnant fish are seeking shallower water. Try minnows, jigs and small spinners near banks with structure present. Catfish are slow. Bream fishing is beginning to show positive signs (half fish)


Flint River — A fair increase in bass activity is reported and a few early staging shellcrackers have produced some reasonably good catches. Crappies have moved up the creeks in fairly good numbers and are being taken primarily with minnows. Catfishing is steadily improving as the channel cats are increasing their activity, though they may be slowed again by the recent frontal passage. Many are concentrating near the dams. It is said to be still a bit early for bluegills and only minimal activity is reported. Stripers have slowed considerably. Shoal bass are showing increased activity, with a few larger individuals reported (half fish)


Lake Blackshear — Crappies are biting in the backs of creeks and both minnows and jigs are producing at a reasonably consistent rate. Good white bass activity is reported by night fishermen targeting the lights around the docks. The largemouths are in pre-spawn mode and shallowing up. Bass fishing has been pretty good of late in the shallows, especially around the cypress trees. Bream are showing slow but steady improvement and there has even been some moderate early shellcracker activity. Catfishing, especially for channel cats, is recently reported as good (half fish)