Conroe Courier/ July 22, 2020/ Fishing Reports, News

Fishing on Lake Conroe is slow to good depending on what you are after. The water temperature in the main lake is running 81 degrees around daylight at the dam and the water level is 200.30 feet. No water is being released at this time according to the San Jacinto River Authority. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.

Black bass have slowed down. The heat has made them off the bite. Guide Richard Tatsch said he is not catching a lot of big fish, but they can be caught on plastic worms, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits; it’s just hard to find numbers.

Crappie are slow and are hit and miss and you can plan on hitting numerous brush piles in search of keepers. Most of those caught are at depths at anywhere from 10 to 30 feet of water. Minnows will be the best bait with which to start.

Catfish are doing well. Tatsch reports good catches on stink bait and chicken liver around baited holes on channel edges and drop offs from 10 to 30 feet deep. He uses stink bait like Mister Whiskers blood bait. Tatsch said he uses a number 8 treble hook and a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce egg sinker.

Hybrid striped bass are doing fair; one day they do well and the next a little slower. Tatsch said he is catching them on live shad around the 30 foot drop offs. If you can find the fish on your electronics you should be able to catch some.

Bream are doing well on meal worms and night crawlers around the rocks and various bedding areas around the lake. Most are from 2 to 15 feet deep.

Tatsch owns the FishDude's Guide Service and has been a licensed professional fishing guide since 1996. His boat is a 24 foot Pathfinder bay boat, which is very spacious and safe enough for the roughest conditions on Lake Conroe. He can be reached on line at, email, or phone 936-291-1277.

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