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OUTDOORS: Fishing reports

LAKE SEMINOLE – Bass fishing remains tough overall with the most active largemouths holding on flats and in the backwaters. Grassy flats are best worked with shallow-running crankbaits fished parallel to grasslines. Flipping may pay off in vegetation in the sloughs up the Chattahoochee. Texas-rigged four-inch flipping baits are recommended. Crappies are said to be fair in spots. Bream are slow and catfish may bite from time to time, though sporadically.

LAKE WALTER F. GEORGE – Bass continue moving in traditional fall migration patterns. Largemouths are following schools of shad into creeks and isolated main-lake pockets. Locate these baitfish and target the bass with corresponding shad-imitating crankbaits. Lately, medium-running crankbaits fished around the ten-foot level have been the best bets. Crappies are reported as fair in isolated locations. Bream are slow and catfish are fair in spots.

FLINT RIVER - Largemouth bass are slow. A few may be taken throughout the day near the banks on small, dark-colored Texas-rig worms. Shoal bass may remain active, but possible changes in water level and clarity may influence the bite. For shoalies, use top water baits and small crank baits. Crappies are spotty and bream are slow. Catfish may bite reasonably well if water conditions warrant.

LAKE BLACKSHEAR - Bass fishing has been relatively good over the past week or so and, with the relatively light fishing pressure, may continue fair in spots. Fishing docks with Texas-rig worms or lizards in dark color patterns may pay off. Bass may also be sought on the ledges at 12 to 15 feet with Carolina-rigs and slow-rolled spinner baits. Bream are slow. Crappies are spotty and scattered. Catfish have been slow to fair in spots.