HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - April 26, 2014 weekend

SWGA FISHING REPORT: A weekly outlook on how the fish are biting in Southwest Georgia lakes and the Flint River

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

LAKE SEMINOLE ( * * ): Shellcrackers are active right now with some fair catches being reported. Crappies have picked up and are biting reasonably well also. Bass are fair to good and said to be moderate in size. White bass and hybrids have moved out of the rivers and are beginning to school in the main lake.

LAKE WALTER F. GEORGE ( * * ): Crappie fishing is fair. Large fish in small numbers are now being taken regularly by some crappie anglers. Bass fishing is still fair for some anglers. Try spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and topwater softbaits for shallow and topwater action and seek larger post-spawn fish on the ledges. Bream fishing is beginning to show marked signs of improvement.

FLINT RIVER ( * * ): Fishing is fair 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 ( * * ): 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 fair right now, but will likely decline 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.