HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia Fishing - April 19, 2014 weekend

FISHING REPORT: A weekly summary of how fish are biting in Southwest Georgia lakes and the Flint River

The Fishing Line: ( * ) poor; ( * * ) fair; ( * * * ) good; ( * * * * ) excellent.

LAKE SEMINOLE ( * * * ): Bass fishing is good. Fish are well into their post-spawn pattern. Look for moderately deep water near spawning areas. Medium-running crankbaits are good choices. Soft jerkbaits may also pay off. Bream fishing is very good. Bluegills and shellcrackers are active and hitting crickets, worms and even artificials. Crappies are being taken with consistency as well. Both jigs and minnows are paying off. Few reliable catfish and hybrid reports have come in of late.

LAKE WALTER F. GEORGE ( * * ): Bass fishing is good. Target wood structure, docks and points. Shallow bass will take spinnerbaits and floating softbaits. For deeper fish, Texas-rig worms are working. Lizards fished on Carolina-rigs can pay dividends up the creeks. Crappie fishing has picked up somewhat, but remains slow overall. Occasional good catches are coming from hard-structure areas. Bream are showing marked improvement and catfish are fair on live shiners and cut bait.

FLINT RIVER ( * * * ): Fishing is good overall. Bream are concentrated in spots and earthworms are a good bait. Bass are reported as fair to good, with largemouths the dominant species. Whites and hybrids have tailed off, but a few are still being caught. Some bream are showing up below the dam and a few catfish, mostly smaller ones, are being taken.

LAKE BLACKSHEAR ( * * ): Good bluegill and shellcracker concentrations have been located recently and the panfish found in large groups are biting reasonably well. Crappies are slow. Bass fishing is good right now, but will likely decline temporarily as larger fish begin to leave the bedding areas. When this happens, look to the channel ledges and deeper bankside structure. At this point, however, keeper bass are relatively active.