When summer comes to a close and fall begins, I like to go around to all the lakes in the Texas panhandle and fish one last time before I make the full transition into hunting. Here's the lowdown on each spot, according to me.

Lake Mackenzie

  • Flathead Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Blue Catfish

One of the first lakes I go to is Lake Mackenzie, which is about a hour from Amarillo. My favorite thing to fish out of Mackenzie is catfish especially flathead catfish but I'm also open to channel cat and blue cat. Because if I got to be honest... once I clean, prep and fry the catfish they all taste the same.

And for those of you are wondering I soak the catfish fillets in buttermilk, salt and pepper for about 7 hours. Then roll in a cornmeal and flour mixture and deep fry at 365°F until golden brown.

Greenbelt Reservoir

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass

The second lake I like to visit is Greenbelt Reservoir and this one holds a special in my heart because this the lake I spent a lot of time at as a child and it always brings back memories when I'm there. The fish I like to catch here is largemouth and smallmouth bass.

The way I like to cook these is by soaking the fillets in hot sauce and buttermilk for about 7 hours, season with some salt pepper and some cajun fish fry mix, and then fry in a deep fryer at 375°F until golden brown.

Lake Meredith

  • Walleye

The last lake I usually make it to before summer truly ends and I start hunting is Lake Meredith. I never really started going to Lake Meredith until I started to driving because the water was always super low. It was so low when I was growing up I remember a friend telling me in elementary school that him and his dad was going out there to go look for some dinosaur bones.

My favorite fish to catch at Meredith is walleye. And the best way I found to cook walleye was to wash the fillets in warm water then place in egg then roll in flour, salt, pepper and cracker crumbs then fried at 375°F until golden brown.

So as you can tell I like to fish every chance I get in the summer to not only relax but to also eat. But what's your favorite lake to visit or favorite fish to catch? Is there any fish recipe that I need to try? If so let me know.

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