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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - May 10, 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 ( * ): Bass fishing is fair. Early morning topwater fishing has been productive. Buzzbaits and Lunker Lures are paying off in wood structure near the banks. Spinnerbaits are also producing. Also fish brushy areas with Texas and Carolina-rig worms with a slow presentation. Catfish are slow, especially on the Flint River side. Crappie fishing is slow and sporadic. Hybrids on the main lake are slow, though a few catches are reported from the Flint River arm. Bream are improving. Shellcrackers are active up the Flint.

LAKE WALTER F. GEORGE ( * * ): Bass are good. Topwater fishing has been productive. Work the baits slowly. In the middle of the day try spinnerbaits at depths of ten feet or less. Crankbaits can pay dividends and jig-and-pig combos are worthwhile. Crappies are fair, with some fish still in shallow water. Live minnows and brightly colored jigs can take some pretty good catches. Hybrids are fair. Bucktails and Rat-L-Traps may tempt a few fish early and late in the day. Catfishing is fair and bream are slow at present.

FLINT RIVER ( * * ): 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 good 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.