OUTDOORS: Local fishing reports

LAKE SEMINOLE – Bass fishing is fair, especially on grass flats on the main lake. Fish flats with submerged vegetation in 5 to 6 feet of water, preferably with deeper “migration” ditches adjacent. 6-inch Texas-rigged worms are good bait choices. Crappies may bite from time to time in stumps in the clearer creeks. Hybrids are becoming active, but water conditions have slowed them considerably. Catfish and bream are slow. (one-quarter fish)

LAKE WALTER F. GEORGE – Bass are fair, particularly on the lake’s northern end. Fish grasslines and wood with chartreuse or chartreuse-and-white spinnerbaits. Frog-type lures can work in the clearer grass pockets and finesse jigs are worth a try up the creeks. Some anglers have been successful with Carolina and Texas-rigged worms when fishing brushpiles on the flats. No positive crappie reports are available, but hybrids have gotten active of late. Trolling is the best method right now. Bream are very slow and catfish reports are spotty. (one-quarter fish)

FLINT RIVER – With the creeks feeding the river not as stained as the river itself right now, bass fishermen should target largemouths up the creeks. For the same reason, crappies have been reasonably active up the creeks in stumpy areas from time to time. Hybrids and stripers have shown some activity in the recent past near the dams, but they have slowed recently. There are no positive bream or catfish reports. As water conditions stabilize, fishing should markedly improve overall. (one-quarter fish)

LAKE BLACKSHEAR – Dock fishermen report a reasonably good “night bite” from crappies, stripers, and even a few largemouths over the past several days. Overall, however, bass fishing is reported as very slow right now. There has been some recent indication of stripers schooling in the Smoak Bridge area, where crankbaits may take a few from time to time. Fishing as a rule is slow at present, but stabilizing water conditions should have a positive effect soon. (one-quarter fish)