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Panhandle Plains Region Week of July 8, 2020

Alan Henry
GOOD. Water clear 83 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass remain good at daylight on topwater and shallower than 8 feet. Daytime is a much different story having to work a bit deeper structure with spinners, worms, jigs, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows seeking out the structure. Catfish are fair on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.
Arrowhead
FAIR. Water stained; 82 degrees; 0.25’ low. Largemouth bass are fair with the best fishing early and late in the days. Topwater early in a habitat less than 10 feet, jigs in vegetation and above structure, and worms in the thick of the vegetation and structure. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs under docks and within structure. Catfish are good on cheese bait, stinkbait, and shrimp, with some increased activity beyond dusk.
Cisco
FAIR. Water clear; 81 degrees; 3.79’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbait and soft plastic rigs in the early mornings and later evenings sticking primarily to the north lake. Sunfish are good on cutworms understructure or vegetation. Crappie remain fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish have been fair on stinkbait, chicken livers, and cut shad.
Coleman
FAIR. Slightly stained. 81 degrees. 0.99’ low. Hybrid stripers are fair chasing the schools all over the place and fishing blue and silver rattle traps. Largemouth bass are fair with topwater, worms, and jerkbaits just off the timber in deeper water and brush. Crappie remain good on jigs off of points under larger docks. Catfish are fair with stinkbait and cut bait.
Ft. Phantom Hill
FAIR. Water stained; 80 degrees; 0.44’ low. White bass are fair on Alabama Rigs sticking to deep water by the spillway. Black bass are good slowly fishing jigs and spinners among the rocky structures between 14 and 20 feet. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs in structures. Catfish are fair on cut shad and stinkbait throughout the lake.
Hubbard Creek
FAIR. Water stained; 82 degrees; 1.29’ low. Largemouth bass are fair in timber, thick vegetation, and drops nearby. Topwater has been successful near vegetation, diving baits and good on drops, and worms and jigs have had success in vegetation. Crappie are fair in timber with jigs. White bass are good on deep points. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad.
Meredith
FAIR. Water stained; 81 degrees; 48.21’ low. Black bass remained fair, working new drops with crankbait, and bottom bumping worms. Walleye are great as the season dwindles fishing slowly along ledges and points with live worms, and minnows along points. Crappie are good with minnows and jigs suspending over structure or understructure. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and live bait near the dam.
Millers Creek
GOOD. Water stained; 81 degrees; 0.64’ high. Largemouth bass are good on points, and fishing pondweed with worms, topwater frogs, and weedless jigs. Crappie are good in the timber with minnows. White bass are fair and schooling deep at the deepest spot off points. Catfish are fair mid-depth in coves with live, blood, and liver prepared baits.
Nasworthy
GOOD. Water stained; 81 degrees. 0.91’ low. Black bass are great as heat drives bass to shelter and cover of deeper water. Worms, spinners, and crankbaits are good suspending above brush and fallen timber. Crappie are good but slowing with jigs. White bass are fair mid-depth. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits throughout the lake.
O.C. Fisher
FAIR. Water stained; 82 Degrees. 39.00’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinners, worms and crankbait along the rip rap, and drops. Crappie are good on minnows near similar drops and some bigger humps. White bass are fair schooling some early but mainly deep late in the day. Catfish are fair on stinkbait, live, and cut bait.
O.H. Ivie
GOOD. Water clear; 81 degrees; 10.19’ low. Black bass remain fair as the summer slowdown is upon us. Cool structure is the key along with crankbaits and worms in quiet natural colors. Crappie are good on jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, live, and cut bait. White bass are fair in cool water deep.
Oak Creek
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 82 degrees; 2.18’ low. Largemouth bass remain good at first light with topwater. Moving to structure like boulders, fallen timber, and flooded vegetation with Texas rigged worms, crankbait, and jigs. Crappie are good on live minnows suspended and jigs moving thru and under structure. White bass are fair in deepest parts of the lake. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live bait, and cut bait.
Possum Kingdom
FAIR. Water slightly stained; 82 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are fair on deep rocky drops on the lower end of the lake. Docks have provided good structure throughout the lake fishing soft plastic worms, crankbaits, and minnow imitating bait. White bass remain good on small crankbait under black bass. Crappie are good shooting jigs around submerged rocks, docks in the late afternoon. Striped bass have picked up slightly to fair running mid-lake. Catfish are good on cut shad with increased activity at night.
Spence
SLOW. Water stained; 80 degrees; 37.96’ low. Black bass are fair on steep rocky ledges, and on any deep structure as the depth is hard to pinpoint with water level down as far as it is. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Hybrid bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live and cut bait coming out from flats to deeper water.
Stamford
FAIR. Water stained; 82 degrees; 0.98’’ high. Largemouth bass are good fishing north near the dam, and plant depths on Carolina rigged soft plastic worms and jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on fallen timber and humps. White bass are fair on points with live shad. Catfish are fair on live bait and stinkbait.
Twin Buttes
FAIR. Water Stained. 81 Degrees. 8.92’ low. Black bass are fair sticking to the west side in the afternoons for the shade. Points and ledges are also good, but the heat drives the fish to surface or submerged shade. Crappie are good on humps on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow deep. Catfish are fair on live and prepped baits.
White River
SLOW. Water stained; 81 degrees; 22.48’ low. Drought conditions continue to be in place. Please check boat ramp access. Largemouth bass are deep as possible, sitting around boulders and in underwater vegetation with worms, jigs, and crankbait. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows hugging structure casting thru shade. Walleye are good running rocky ledges. Channel Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait, and stinkbait.

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