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Panhandle Plains Region Week of September 23, 2020

Alan Henry
GOOD. Water clear 82 degrees; 2.33’ low. Black bass are good with aggressiveness and found all day, especially on rocks and submerged vegetation. Worms continue to be the barometer. Add brining topwaters to the mix in less than 10-foot depth. Jigs have also emerged in structures and crankbait, where you can focus on deeper structures. Crappie are fair but appear to be slowing with jigs in structures. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.
Arrowhead
FAIR. Water stained; 83 degrees; 0.03’ high. Largemouth bass have gotten better to good with all structures showing signs of a substantial fall on rip rap, vegetation, docks, timber, and very shallow structure under 6 feet. White Bass are slow off points and rip rap. Crappie are fair on jigs under bridges and docks. Catfish are good on cheese bait, stinkbait, and minnows.
Cisco
FAIR. Water clear; 87 degrees; 4.42’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on points, boulders, and feeder creeks. Best lures are buzzbait, weighted worms, and weedless jigs. Sunfish are good under docks and near shore on cutworms, especially out from timber. Crappie are fair with jigs. Catfish have been fair on stinkbait, chicken livers, and cut shad.
Coleman
FAIR. Slightly stained. 81 degrees. 1.90’ low. Hybrid stripers are good on rattletraps. Also, search for baitfish schools, and you will find stripers. Largemouth bass are good with sizes increasing recently. Keep working in timber, rocks, and docks with buzzbait working the surface, jigs no deeper than 4 feet, and soft plastic worms for all conditions and depths. Crappie are fair on jigs, still working trees and under docks near dusk. Catfish are fair with stink bait and cut bait.
Ft. Phantom Hill
GOOD. Water stained; 83 degrees; 0.76’ low. White bass are good near the spillway and deeper humps on Alabama rigs and small spinners. Black bass are good working rock structures and steep ledges with spinners and plastic worms. Crappie are good but slowing with cooler temps. Catfish are fair on cut shad and stinkbait throughout the lake.
Hubbard Creek
FAIR. Water stained; 84 degrees; 0.97’ low. Largemouth bass are good with thick coverage of timber, vegetation, brush, and shallow structures. Fall presents different challenges with bait and colors, so be willing to adjust along with the water clarity on worms and spinners. Crappie are good on jigs in shallower timber and cover. White bass are fair, staying below 14 feet. Sunfish are always fair on worms. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.
Meredith
FAIR. Water stained; 87 degrees; 49.67’ low. Black bass are fair on points, along the rocky banks, and drops on worms, minnows, and spinners. Walleye are fair to slow with small crankbaits and spinners. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs finding shade. White bass are good off points with disappearing shells due to low water. Therefore, go close to mid-lake. Channel catfish are fair fishing stink bait in most places.
Millers Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 85 degrees; 1.06’ high. Largemouth bass are good working timber shallow and pondweed with topwater and worms moving the shallowest they’ve been since spring. Crappie are good working shallow humps on jigs. White bass are fair off points and edges on Alabama rigs. Catfish are fair mid-depth in coves with live, blood, and liver prepared baits.
Nasworthy
GOOD. Water stained; 83 degrees. 0.89’ low. Black bass are good sticking to vegetation recently on topwaters and weedless baits to cut threw the vegetation. Crappie are good with minnows around bigger man-made structures that provide cover. White bass are fair on Alabama Rigs, working no more than 6 feet of the lake floor. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.
O.C. Fisher
FAIR. Water stained; 81 Degrees. 40.60’ low. Largemouth bass are fair following any shallow structure with weighted worms along with topwaters anywhere due to the low water. Crappie are fair, slowing on humps with jigs. White bass are fair with decreased movement and aggressiveness. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.
O.H. Ivie
GOOD. Water clear; 82 degrees; 12.12’ low. Black bass are great working vegetation with depths below 8 feet and in timber with topwater, worms, crankbaits, and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs working brush, and shallow at night. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live, and cut bait. White bass are fair on points.
Oak Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 80 degrees; 2.86’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina rigged plastic worms and jigs moving into creeks where you can, flooded timber and rocks. Crappie are fair on suspended minnows under docks. White bass are fair to slow on points with little change. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live bait, and cut bait. Many trotlines have been successful with live bait.
Possum Kingdom
GOOD. Water clear; 82 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are fair around rocky canyon like banks with gravel underneath, and submerged vegetation anywhere in the lake. Soft plastic worms, crankbaits, and spinners are best this time of year. White bass are good in deeper rock structures. Crappie are good fishing jigs through very shallow brush or under larger docks. Striped bass are slow. Catfish are good on cut shad with increased activity at night.
Spence
FAIR. Water stained; 81 degrees; 38.54’ low. Black bass are good near vegetation, with some brush piles, rocks, and humps till noon and after 5 pm with spinners and worms. The low water is affecting typical fall patterns. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. Hybrid bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait coming out from flats to deeper water.
Stamford
GOOD. Water stained; 82 degrees; 1.95’ high. Black bass are good within natural structures like stumps and rocks with worms and crankbait. When times slow, make sure and bottom bump around 10-foot depth to attract attention. Crappie are fair on jigs in timber. White bass are good between 8-14 feet with Alabama rigs, spoons, and small spinners. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.
Twin Buttes
FAIR. Water Stained. 81 Degrees. 11.16’ low. Black bass are good working rip rap, humps, and vegetation on live and plastic worms, minnows, and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs west and shallow humps. White bass are fair with Alabama rigs on points. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits.
White River
FAIR. Water stained; 84 degrees; 23.79’ low. Drought conditions continue to be in place. Largemouth bass are good near dam points with newly discovered shelves close to the dam, working the top and bottom of the shelf with Carolina rigged worms, jigs, rattle traps, and spinners. Crappie are fair in grass and timber on jigs. Walleye are slow. Channel catfish are good on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait, just not finding the big guys.

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