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Panhandle Plains Fishing Reports

Week of April 23, 2014

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ALAN HENRY :  Water stained; 62–67 degrees; 15.7’ low. Black bass are fair to good on flukes, Senkos, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs around shallow cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers.

ARROWHEAD :  Water off color; 63–67 degrees; 17.63’ low. One ramp open and few anglers have been on the lake.

BROWNWOOD :  Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 10.99’ low. Black bass are excellent on craw and shad colored crankbaits, chartreuse/white chatterbaits, and shad colored spinnerbaits in 4–10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are excellent on minnows and jigs off lighted docks at night in 1–8 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white and shad Li’l Fishies. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLEMAN :  Water clear; 62–66 degrees; 16.51’ low. Black bass are good on dark soft plastic worms, lizards, and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO CITY :  21.19’ low. No report available.

FT. PHANTOM HILL :  Water clear; 62–67 degrees; 13.70’ low. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

GREENBELT :  42.86’ low. No report available.

HUBBARD CREEK :  Water off color; 63–68 degrees; 24.69’ low. Black bass are good on jigs, Texas rigs and weightless soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

MACKENZIE :  98.15’ low. No report available.

MEREDITH :  89.41’ low. No report available.

NASWORTHY :  No report available.

O.H. IVIE :  Water stained; 63–68 degrees; 47.47’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, jigs and weightless flukes. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow.

OAK CREEK :  Water stained; 62–67 degrees; 23.14’ low. Black bass are fair Texas rigged lizards or worms, jigs and Senkos. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

PALO DURO :  52.37’ low. No report available.

POSSUM KINGDOM :  Water fairly clear; 63–69 degrees; 14.29’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop shot rigs, jigs, Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on Humdingers. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

SPENCE :  71.91’ low. No report available.

STAMFORD :  15.84’ low. No report available.

SWEETWATER :  Water murky; 63–68 degrees; 24.78’ low. Black bass are fair to good on flukes and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on prepared bait.

WHITE RIVER :  Water stained; 62–67 degrees; 34.75’ low. No report available.


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