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DEW POINT 37°

Fort Phantom Hill Lake

Jones County, TX
Jones County, TX
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On Elm Creek in Jones County, north side of Abilene
4,213 acres
LAKE SIZE
66 feet
MAX DEPTH
1637 feet
ELEVATION
FISH TO CATCH
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Hybrid Bass
Largemouth Bass
Sunfish
White Bass
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Fort Phantom Hill Lake.
FISHING COVER/STRUCTURE
TPWD has worked with local partners to install brush piles at the downstream end of the lake. See online fish attractor map

Get downloadable coordinates.

When the reservoir is full, the west bank has acres of black willow trees and some aquatic vegetation. Other areas of the lake are predominantly rocky with boat docks and brush piles. At low water levels, habitat is limited to rocky areas on the east and north shores and boat docks. Several humps and ledges can also be productive.
ANGLING OPPORTUNITIES
Blue catfish, hybrid striped bass, and white crappie provide the most consistent fishing opportunities at Fort Phantom Hill. Largemouth bass can occasionally be good as well. Florida largemouth bass were introduced in 1976.
TIPS & TACTICS
Fort Phantom Hill is a good all-around fishing lake for several species. Better areas for hybrid striped bass, white bass, and blue catfish are in the spillway, sailboat slough, Johnson Park, and the west bank humps. "West Texas surf fishing" using surf rods in windblown areas with small shad or ghost minnows (silversides) can be extremely productive, especially in late winter and early spring. During warmer months, trolling with deep diving crank-baits or downriggers as well as live-bait fishing with shad can produce nice catches of hybrid striped bass. For crappie, March and April are the prime months. Many crappie are caught along the rocky shore on the east and north shores of the reservoir. Largemouth bass fishing can be good, especially in the summer and winter. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits along the steeper rocky areas of the east side during the winter is effective. As summer approaches, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits work very well, especially from sunrise until about noon.
FISHING REPORT
FAIR. Water stained; 52 degrees; 2.07’ low. White and hybrid striped bass are good when fishing the drop or ledge where they congregate on crankbaits fishing or small rattle traps. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms and spinners moving just a bit shallower on warm days feeding near vegetations. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs working structures with decently deep water underneath. Catfish are fair at night on cut shad and stinkbait.

Source: Texas Parks & Wildlife

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FISHING COVER/STRUCTURE
TPWD has worked with local partners to install brush piles at the downstream end of the lake. See online fish attractor map

Get downloadable coordinates.

When the reservoir is full, the west bank has acres of black willow trees and some aquatic vegetation. Other areas of the lake are predominantly rocky with boat docks and brush piles. At low water levels, habitat is limited to rocky areas on the east and north shores and boat docks. Several humps and ledges can also be productive.
CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
City of Abilene
555 Walnut
Abilene, Texas 79603
(325) 676-6038
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