OUTDOORS: Weekly fishing reports

LAKE SEMINOLE — Bass fishing is slow overall. On the Flint River arm seek out hydrilla mats and grass near deeper water. There, the fish are fair on frog baits. Flipping main-lake grass beds is also recommended. Fishing at present takes much experimentation with lure color and style. Change baits frequently until a pattern is found. Crappies are increasing in activity with the lower temperatures and the upswing in baitfish movement. Catfish are active. Morning and evening are good times and live earthworms are the best baits. Bluegills continue to bite reasonably well on crickets. (one-quarter fish)

LAKE WALTER F. GEORGE — Bass fishing is fair with some schooling activity taking place. Sighted schools may be worked successfully with deep-diving crankbaits. Fish ledge structure with Carolina-rigs and use a frog or popper in grassy areas. For the best grass bite, fish during the early morning hours. Crappies remain generally slow, but some activity is reported on the deeper creek ledges. Minnows fished vertically are the best technique. The morning and evening catfish bite is fair on the flats. Use live earthworms or cut bait. Bream fishing is fair to good on crickets and red wigglers. (half fish)

FLINT RIVER — A number of shoal bass anglers are doing well, particularly on the river’s extreme northern end and down south toward Newton. Lead-head grubs, shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures will all work from time to time. A few largemouths can be caught on Texas-rig worms fished near the banks. Bream are fair. Drift-fish with worms and crickets for fair catches that include some pretty good individual fish. Catfish are slow. (half fish)

LAKE BLACKSHEAR — Bass fishing has been rather slow, but seems to be improving. Some pretty good fish are being taken early in the day on plugs, buzzbaits, and other topwater offerings. Bream are biting reasonably well and fly fishing, though, slowing down, is still a pretty good option. Worms and crickets are the best bets. Crappies are slow in most spots. Live minnows fished on the upper lake may catch a few. Stripers and catfish have been quite spotty of late. (half fish)