Fishing on Lake Conroe has been good for the past weeks. The water is clear in the main lake and a little cloudy from the run off in the back waters. The water temperature at the dam has been running 75 degrees early in the morning and warms up as the day progresses. The level is 200.42 feet, and 1,581.00 cfs of water is being released according to the San Jacinto River Authority due to Seasonal Lowering Flow. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.
Black bass can be found in the shallows early and late and also deeper at depths of from 17 to 20 feet. Texas rigged worms in Watermelon, Pumpkin Seed, Black/Blue, or Junebug are good soft plastic producers shallow in the early hours. Bass can also be found deeper around brush, boat docks, and other structure. Guide Phillip James told me of one of the men on a party he had out recently caught and landed a 10.5-pound black bass on a light spinning reel, with 8-pound test line, baited with a minnow while fishing for crappie.
Crappie fishing is fair and they are being caught on the brush piles at 17 to 20 feet. Large crappie are being caught on minnows at that depth. James said he had trips out every day last week and one day they would catch three crappie and the next they might catch 20 in the same areas. Minnows are good bait, but the more experienced anglers can have just as much success on jigs.
Bream are biting well and large hand size bream can be found down with the crappie.
Catfish are excellent on chicken liver anywhere on the lake from 17 to 20 feet deep. They are good on baited holes, main river edges, and submerged pond dams. Size of fish caught has been reported to be from one to four pounds.
Hybrids are being caught down with the catfish on chicken liver. On the humps and points the best bait is 5/8 ounce spoons, like Charlie’s Slab or a Branson Bug, in white or chartreuse, vertically jigged, or trolled.
The information for this fishing report has been made available by fishing guide Phillip James, working out of Seven Coves Marina. James has been a freshwater fishing guide for over 30 years. For information about his services go to www.phillipsguideservice.com or call 903-724-8291.