Fort Phantom Hill Lake
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 1,635.9 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Moderate to severe, sometimes prone to long periods with dropping water levels
Normal Clarity: Stained to muddy and red-colored in upper end
Reservoir Controlling Authority
City of Abilene
Abilene, Texas 79603
Stargrass, bulrush, pondweed, smartweed at full water levels
Predominant Fish Species
A contour map is available. Download the map or pick up a copy at the Abilene fisheries office, (325) 692-0921.
All fishes are managed under statewide regulations.
Blue catfish, hybrid striped bass, and white crappie provide the most consistent fishing opportunities at Fort Phantom Hill. Largemouth bass can occasionally be good as well. Florida largemouth bass were introduced in 1976.
|White Bass/Striped/Hybrid Bass|
When the reservoir is full, the west bank has acres of black willow trees and some aquatic vegetation. Other areas of the lake are predominantly rocky with boat docks and brush piles. At low water levels, habitat is limited to rocky areas on the east and north shores and boat docks. Several humps and ledges can also be productive.
Fort Phantom Hill is a good all-around fishing lake for several species. Better areas for hybrid striped bass, white bass, and blue catfish are in the spillway, sailboat slough, Johnson Park, and the west bank humps. "West Texas surf fishing" using surf rods in windblown areas with small shad or ghost minnows (silversides) can be extremely productive, especially in late winter and early spring. During warmer months, trolling with deep diving crank-baits or downriggers as well as live-bait fishing with shad can produce nice catches of hybrid striped bass. For crappie, March and April are the prime months. Many crappie are caught along the rocky shore on the east and north shores of the reservoir. Largemouth bass fishing can be good, especially in the summer and winter. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits along the steeper rocky areas of the east side during the winter is effective. As summer approaches, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits work very well, especially from sunrise until about noon.