HOW THEY’RE BITIN’: Southwest Georgia fishing – April 22, 2017 weekend – The Albany Herald

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. (three-quarter fish)

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. (half fish)

FLINT RIVER ( * * ) — 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. (half fish)

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. (half fish)