Panhandle Plains Region Week of April 14, 2021

Alan Henry
FAIR. Water clear 61 degrees; 5.85’ low. Black bass are great edging the last of spawning season, where fishing less than 6 feet. Vegetation and timber provide the best shelters with crankbaits, spinners, and worms. Crappie are fair with jigs in less than 8 feet following shallow shelves. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.
Arrowhead
FAIR. Water stained; 60 degrees; 0.58’ low. Largemouth bass are good to great with some conditions producing catches every cast. Start with worms, supplementing with crankbaits and spinners in or on the edge of vegetation. White bass are fair on shad finding some brush and drops but mainly points. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows hiding in the tough to reach structure towards the edges of creeks. Catfish are fair at all depths on cheese bait, stinkbait, and minnows.
Cisco
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 61 degrees; 6.13’ low. Largemouth bass are good as the spawn is in full swing in timber and vegetation on spinners, worms, and crankbait. Sandy coves continue to excel, and you can't go too shallow. Sunfish are good within casting range of every bank in shallow structures on nightcrawlers and cutworms. Crappie are fair on jigs continuing in creeks and water covering structure. Catfish are fair with slowing movement on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and chicken livers night and day.
Coleman
FAIR. Slightly stained. 61 degrees. 3.57’ low. Hybrid stripers are fair on rattletraps following baitfish normally around coves fishing in 7 feet or less with large waves of activity. Largemouth bass are good, and structures are the key to success, especially timber with worms, topwater, and some shallow trolling baits. Catfish are fair using stinkbait and cut bait around cove entrances within 4 feet of the bottom.
Ft. Phantom Hill
FAIR. Water stained; 62 degrees; 2.77’ low. White and hybrid striped bass off main points and occasionally deep in shallow coves with minnows and rattletraps. Largemouth bass are good, still spawning with catches coming even shallower than 4 feet with lots of sight fishing on spinners, crankbait, and buzzbaits near vegetation. Crappie are good on jigs close to creeks and shady coves. Catfish are fair at night on cut shad and stinkbait.
Greenbelt
FAIR. Water stained; 59 degrees; 39.60’ low. Black bass are fair to good on spinners, thick-weighted worms, and jigs. The shallow structure among creeks west are best with some activity along rip rap of the dam. Catfish are fair on live bait lake-wide. Walleye remain fair, moving around 6-10 feet slow reeling. Sunfish and crappie are fair, staying shallow around most covered structures. White bass are slow.
Hubbard Creek
FAIR. Water stained; 62 degrees; 3.04’ low. Largemouth bass are fair near timber and brush on crankbaits and worms starting to work beneath 7 feet with large bass hanging around. Crappie are fair on minnows working docks, bridges, and other man-made structures. White bass are good on Alabama rigs deeper on ledges around 12 feet. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad throughout the lake. Fish deeper if you’re looking for bigger fish.
Meredith
FAIR. Water stained; 58 degrees; 51.05’ low. Black bass are fair, being the most productive they will be all year. Walleye are fair, staying mid-lake at a depth of 8-10 feet, slowly reeling, hoping for good days of movement. Crappie are fair on jigs looking for thicker submerged structures. White bass are slow. Channel catfish are fair fishing stinkbait and cut bait.
Millers Creek
FAIR. Water stained; 60 degrees; 0.60’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good moving shallow in the spawning mode. Fish shallow 6 feet on worms, jigs, spinners, and trolling topwater. Crappie are fair with on drops and pockets of mid-depth structure on live bait. White bass are fair off points on minnows. Catfish are fair mid-depth in coves with live, blood, and liver prepared baits.
Nasworthy
FAIR. Water murky; 62 degrees. 1.17’ low. Black bass are good on soft plastic baits and reeled baits below 6 feet in bulrush and nearby. Crappie are fair on jigs around shallow bridge pilings and structure. White bass are fair fishing Alabama rigs near the deeper bridge pilings, above brush, and working deep points. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.
O.C. Fisher
FAIR. Water stained; 61 Degrees. 42.37’ low. Largemouth Bass are great on plastic worms, spinners, and jigs. Continue fishing timber and muddy structures available, especially near a drop. Crappie are fair on jigs upriver or near islands. White bass are fair working the rocks of the dam on Alabama rigs. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.
O.H. Ivie
FAIR. Water clear; 63 degrees; 13.39’ low. Black bass are good still shallow on points and creeks northeast and northwest with worms, spinners, and occasional topwater. Crappie are fair on live minnows staying close to shady water with structure. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.
Oak Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 4.42’ low. Largemouth bass are good even as spawn slows, working in less than 8 feet in vegetation, timber, and rocks on worms, spinners, and bass jigs. Crappie are good on live bait at the mouth of the creek south of 70 near the old bridge. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs close to Bonner Point. Catfish are fair on trotlines, nightcrawlers, live bait, and cut bait.
Possum Kingdom
FAIR. Water clear; 62 degrees; 0.76’ low. Largemouth bass remain good as the spawn dwindles worms and small crankbaits in standing vegetation, large rocks, and timber. Depth has been affected where larger bass are going back below 10 feet. Crappie remain fair on jigs in timber and under large docks. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs deep off points below 15 feet. Striped bass are slow with minimal activity looking below deep ledges in the original river channel. Catfish are good on cut bait, live sunfish, and stinkbait.
Spence
FAIR. Water stained; 63 degrees; 41.17’ low. Largemouth bass are good with worms, shallow crankbait, some topwaters, and Alabama rigs where you can. Give each spot 3 casts, if you don’t get a bite, keep moving as there is a ton of vegetation to work in shallow water. Crappie are fair on jigs hitting quick and hard in bunches when you find the vegetation. White bass are slow to fair on minnows suspending around 10 feet. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait around 12 feet with increased catches at night.
Stamford
FAIR. Water stained; 60-62 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass are good using vegetation with bulrush and cattails staying within 25 yards of the bank. Fish on bass jigs, crankbaits, and Carolina rigged worms. Crappie are good only under large structure. White bass are fair on points, drops, and larger submerged structures deeper than 10 feet. Catfish are fair on live bait, and stinkbait prepped pellets.
Twin Buttes
FAIR. Water Stained. 59-62 Degrees. 12.01’ low. Black bass are good in timber vegetation and creeks with worms and crankbait. Mornings are most productive thru about mid-day. Crappie are fair still in the Concho River and fishing beneath man-made structures. Catfish are fair on live prepped and cut bait.
White River
FAIR. Water murky; 59-61 degrees; 24.88’ low. Drought conditions are still in place. Please check boat ramp access. Largemouth bass are good with mid-sized catches around 4lbs on worms, crankbait, and spinners moving upriver and in narrow structures. Crappie are fair on live bait still on timber and brush. Walleye are fair as they come to life between 4-8 feet. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and prepared bait near the Marina.

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