Panhandle Plains Region Week of March 29, 2023

Alan Henry
FAIR. Water clear; 65 degrees; 10.98 feet below pool. Bass are good Carolina rigs, crankbaits, and live bait. Report by Bait Kandy Corp. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in 12-28 feet of water. Some fish are spawning, but the cool fronts keep knocking the water temperature slowing the spawn. In honor of April Fools: If you want to go fishing, just let minnow. Report by Randy Britton, Lake Alan Henry Crappie Guide.
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 63 degrees; 5.85 feet below pool. Catfish are excellent moving out of deeper water onto the flats in 5-12 feet of water biting fresh cut shad or punch bait. Crappie catches around the bridges and at the State Park. Report by Brandon Brown, Brown’s Guide Service.
GOOD. Water stained; 58 degrees; 8.57 feet below pool. Crappie are spawning and biting great off of minnows. Reports of channel catfish eating perch. No bass reports, but they can be seen moving in the shallows. Report by Jason Miller, Lake Cisco Rentals.
SLOW. Slightly stained; 66 degrees; 5.60 feet below pool. Bass are in all stages of the spawn biting your favorite soft plastics.
Ft. Phantom Hill
GOOD. Water stained; 66 degrees; 7.04 feet below pool. Catfish are good with cut bait. Bass are in all stages of the spawn biting soft plastics.
SLOW. Water stained; 55 degrees; 45.74 feet below pool. Few reports due to few anglers on the water.
Hubbard Creek
SLOW. Water Stained; 66 degrees; 7.78 feet below pool. Bass should be pushing shallow gearing up for the spawn. Target rocks and rock cuts with creature baits and crankbaits. Crappie are good in the Hubbard Creek and Sandy Creek arm using minnows.
SLOW. Water stained; 48 degrees; 55.18 feet below pool. Bass are good on minnows and artificials. Catfish are slow on minnows and frozen shad. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on minnows, and jig heads with a curly tailed grub. Trout are good on minnows, power baits, worms, small spinners and flies. Walleye are good on minnows and grubs. Several reports of walleye and crappie caught at the end of shallow docks. Please be safe out there, watch weather reports. Life vests save lives. Hope this helps you enjoy Lake Meredith. Report by Kenneth Wysong, SharKens Honey Hole.
Millers Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 5.62 feet below pool. Bass are in all stages of the spawn. Crappie are good on standing timber and brush piles with minnows or small jigs. Catfish are good on cut baits and cheese bait. White bass should begin moving towards the creek channels.
GOOD. Water slightly stained; 69 degrees. 1.02 feet below pool. Bass are fair on white chatterbaits around the reeds and flipping soft plastics in 1-3 feet of water in the river. Crappie are good around boat docks on chartreuse jigs and catfish were good on cut bait and stink bait around the dam. Report provided by the Angelo State Fishing Team.
O.C. Fisher
SLOW. Water stained; 70 degrees; 48.70 feet below pool. Few reports and anglers fishing due to weather, and low lake levels.
O.H. Ivie
GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 24.17 feet below pool. Largemouth bass are good using soft plastics. White bass are fair with live bait and crankbaits. Crappie good using minnows. Catfish are good on live bait. Report by Concho Park and Marina.
Oak Creek
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 65 degrees; 11.59 feet below pool. Bass are good shallow with pumpkin seed eight inch worms. Crappie are good in the deeper water near the dam with minnows. Threadfin shad are schooling the banks, so the white bass should follow soon. Report provided by Randall Pate, Sportsman’s Lodge.
Possum Kingdom
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 56-62 degrees; 5.43 feet below pool. Striper fishing is fair to good. Most fish are caught using live shad but trolling jigs is definitely an option. Every day seems to be a different color; white, chartreuse, pink, and green seem to be the most consistent. Fish are scattered anywhere from 20-55 feet of water, so be willing to cover ground looking for them. Sandbass are hit or miss. They should be spawning now and will be up the creeks and off the lake points. Some may be caught using small shad and possibly minnows. Catfish are fair. Cut shad fished in heavy cover in 15-30 feet of water. Water clarity is 4-14 feet depending on location on the lake. Report by TJ Ranft, Ranft Guide Service.
SLOW. Water stained; 66 degrees; 9.38 feet below pool. Blue catfish are biting best at night in deeper water. Marking fish on ledges and deeper structure from 10-18 feet of water. Shad are hard to find, and the day bite is slow. Report by Jeffery Sojourner, Sojourner Fishing LLC.
FAIR. Water stained; 63 degrees. 45.33 feet below pool. Water is warming and bass are moving shallow biting creature baits or senko in combination with a stout rod and heavy line they are mean. Some boats are catching white bass in good numbers and size. Report by Bill Brasher, Bronte Fishing Guide Service.
SLOW. Water stained; 64 degrees; 3.39 feet below pool. Crappie fishing is good at the Crappie House on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on juglines. Bass should be shallow on beds with creature baits. Report by Anchor Marina.
Twin Buttes
GOOD. Water stained. 64 degrees; 23.01 feet below pool. Don’t be fooled the fish are biting. Crappie are fair to slow in the rivers and stickups. White bass are running in the middle channels of the river on any type of small shiny spinnerbaits. The white bass spawn is close. Channel catfish are good up to eight pounds in 8-27 feet of water prepared baits. Reports of largemouth bass catches in 5-25 feet of water. Report by Captain Michael Peterson, 4 Reel Fun Guide Service.
White River
SLOW. Water stained; 66 degrees; 24.57 feet below pool. Reports of crappie and bass catches being caught off piers. As the water warms, look for bass to begin staging for the prespawn biting Texas rigged worms or craw patterned artificials.

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