Fishing on Lake Conroe is slow to fair depending on what you are after. The water temperature in the main lake is running 73.13 degrees around daylight at the dam and the water level is 199.75 feet. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level and no water is being released at this time according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass are still slow at this time but a few more cold fronts and they should be picking up nicely. Guide Richard Tatsch said he is catching a few around the riprap early on squarebill crankbaits and top water baits.
Crappie are beginning to get started; there are some being caught around deeper brush from 18 to 25 feet and around the 1097 bridge pylons according to Tatsch. The crappie fishing should continue to pick up again as the weather and water cools down. Minnows are the best bait at this time.
Catfish are doing great. Tatsch reports good catches on stink bait and chicken liver around baited holes on channel edges and drop offs from 12 to 20 feet deep. He said some large catfish are being caught at this time as well as the one to two pound fish. Tatsch said he uses a number 8 treble hook and a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce egg sinker.
Hybrids are slow. Tatsch said they can be seen on humps and points, but they can be hard to get to bite.
Tatsch said he hasn’t been fishing for white bass, but has seen people trolling pet spoons on humps and points.
Richard 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 www.fishdudetx.com, email [email protected], or phone 936-291-1277.