Fishing on Lake Conroe is fair to slow. Guide Phillip James said that the water has cooled down some and that should start to help the bite if it keeps up with cooler weather. The fish are all looking stressed and skinny.
The water is clear in the main lake. The water temperature at the dam has been running 79.12 degrees early in the morning at the dam and warms up as the day progresses. The level is 199.67 feet above mean sea level and no water is being released according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass can be found in the shallows early and late and also deeper at depths of from 15 to 20 feet. Texas rigged worms in Watermelon, Pumpkin Seed, and Black/Blue, are good soft plastic producers shallow in the early hours. The key to black bass fishing in this hot weather is a slow presentation. James said he has caught a few bass on minnows while crappie fishing.
Crappie fishing is slow and the few being caught are on the brush piles at 15 to 25 feet. James said on the trips he had out recently it was not unusual to find maybe one crappie for each brush pile. Minnows are the best bait.
Bream can be found on the riprap and rocks but they too are stressed and skinny.
Catfish are good on chicken liver anywhere on the lake from 20 to 25 feet deep. They are good on baited holes, main river edges, submerged pond dams, and humps and points. The size of fish caught has been in the one and one-half to three pound range.
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. Phillip 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.