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OUTDOORS: Local fishing reports

LAKE SEMINOLE – Bass fishing has improved with a recently “turned on” shallow crankbait and Rat L Trap bite. Nice fish are coming from the edges of grass flats on the main lake, with crankbait fishing best when there is wind present. During calm conditions, switch to a swimbait and swim it over the dying hydrilla patches. Crappies are on the upswing. Minnows are working well with jig-fishermen experiencing less success. Bream are very slow. Catfish are slow as well. (half fish)

LAKE WALTER F. GEORGE – Bass fishing is good and the largemouths are actively feeding. Stained-water locations are giving up good numbers on spinnerbaits. Chartreuse/white is a good color pattern. Also fish jigs, shallow crankbaits and Texas-rig worms in flooded vegetation. Crankbaits and Carolina-rigs may pay off on points and mid-depth ledges. Crappies are deep and following shad. Target river and creek channels with minnows or jigs. Catfish are deep and slow. Bream have slowed drastically. (half fish)

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 topwater baits and small crankbaits. Crappies are spotty and bream are slow. Channel catfish may bite reasonably well in deep water if water conditions and temperatures warrant. (one-quarter fish)

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. Stripers and bream are slow. Crappies are spotty and scattered. Fish deep along ledges and similar channel structure with minnows. Catfish have been slow to fair in spots. (half fish)