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OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports

Lake Seminole — Bass fishing remains poor. Frog-type baits and other topwater offerings fished in the grass early in the morning may pay off. Deep-diving crankbaits fished along deep river ledges are another possibility, as are Carolina-rigs with six-inch worms. Hybrids are still fair early and late on the flats. Crappies are slow. Look for them on channel ledges at 10 to 15 feet. Bream are biting on shallow-water sandbars early and late. Catfish are slow; look for channel cats on stinkbaits along the river channels.


Lake Walter F. George — Bass fishing remains fair with improvement expected. Fish structure such as points and humps or any similar cover. Best baits are deep-running crankbaits and Carolina-rigged worms. Fish directly in brushy or woody structure. Hybrids continue to school early and late over the ledges. Catch these fish with a shad-imitating crankbait. Crappies are fair. Ledges in 15 to 20 feet of water have been giving up some pretty good fish in moderate numbers. Bream are good, but individual fish are small.


Flint River — Fishing has been fair to good overall. Most species continue to improve steadily as summer moves into fall. Consistent feeding activity seems to be on the increase. The shoal bass remain quite active as the weather cools. Fish early in the day and expect some pretty good topwater action for shoalies. Tiny Torpedoes and buzzbaits are good. Largemouths are slow. Bream fishing remains fair. Redbreasts and bluegills are active early on crickets fished close to the banks. Catfish remain a bit slow, but steady.


Lake Blackchear — Bass are good action-wise. Sizes leave something to be desired according to some reports. Fish small plastic worms around docks and cypress trees. Crappies are slow. There are plenty of fish holding along the river channel ledges between 15 and 25 feet, but they are reluctant to bite minnows or jigs. Stripers are slow and only scant bream reports are available. Catfish are slow to fair. There is relatively scant fishing pressure at present.