What a great discovery this was! We are very excited about sharing the fishing area we discovered at the Gene Howe Wildlife Management Area near Canadian/Perryton, Texas. The most important thing to know about this area is that you need a Limited Public Use Permit, in addition to a Texas Fishing License. You must purchase this permit online or at a store before arriving. They do not sell the permit on site and the closest store we know of is Gebo’s in Perryton.
The road to the Road Pond is blocked by three stakes. The first time there, we pulled in to the 3 stakes and walked to the pond, which was about 200 yards. After that we drove around the stakes to the road on the right. We started catching sunfish right away. You could see them swarm the bait and take the worm or fly. We tried poppers in the morning for largemouth bass and that seemed to work well. I tried other green-colored flies without success. We caught most of our bass close to shore on nightcrawlers and poppers.
On one of the days, we saw a truck parked at the Road Pond, so we ventured to another pond down the road. We call it Frog Pond because there were a lot of frogs! The pond was small, but we were able to catch nice-sized largemouth bass, catfish, sunfish, crappie and spotted gar. The gar was a surprise! A first for me!
We had such a great time at these areas that we want to go back a soon as we get back from fishing Alaska in late September. We hope the fishing is just as good and the weather may be a little cooler. We fished this area from the end of May to the middle of August. We usually started fishing at sunrise until about noon or we fished in the evening for a couple hours. Texas is just HOT in the summer.