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OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports

Lake Seminole — Bass fishing is fair. The hot weather has slowed the activity down a bit. Best bet is the early morning topwater bite. Fish a variety of topwater offerings over shallow grassy points adjacent to deeper water. Frog-type lures can also pay off in matted or patchy surface vegetation. Crappies are in the deeper, cooler water now and not biting aggressively. Best bet is moving water with good clarity. Catfish are active in the warmer water. Seek out current, where higher oxygen levels have concentrated the baitfish. Bream action is spotty and hybrids are not very active at present. (Fair)


Lake Walter F. George — Bass fishing is fair. Early and late, fish topwater baits in main-lake grass beds. When the topwater bite slows, head for the ledges, where the crankbait bite is picking up. Seek ledges with woody and rocky structure. Carolina-rigs may also work here. Crappies are fair in brush on flats just off the river channel. Use jigging spoons. Bream fishing is fair, though the fish are small overall. Crickets are the best bait. Hybrids may appear from time to time late in the afternoon and catfish are good, especially on shallow flats early in the evening or during early morning hours. (Fair)


Flint River — The fishing on the Flint is right now on something of a hit-and-miss basis. If conditions warrant, shoal bass should be good on topwater lures, the Mann’s Baby 1-Minus, and small spinnerbaits early and late. Largemouths may bite near the banks on Texas-rig worms. Bream fishing has been fair on crickets drifted along the edges. Large bream concentrations are scattered, but some are being caught. Catfish are fair, with flatheads being reasonably active. (Fair)


Lake Blackshear — Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and Texas-rig worms have paid off with keeper-size largemouths for some anglers lately. Fish topwater baits along retaining walls and grass beds early. Use plastic worms around the cypress trees and try all the traditional lures around the docks. Look for the bass to perhaps school late in the afternoons. Crappies are still slow. The few fish continuing to be caught are of pretty good size, but the numbers are still way down. (Fair)