Fishing on Lake Conroe died right before the front came through on Sunday, but it should start picking up until the next front traverses our area. The water temperature in the main lake is running 53.55 degrees around daylight at the dam and the water level is 199.43 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 picking up after the front. Guide Richard Tatsch said black bass are good shallow and deep. They are along the rocks early in the day and then out deep from 10 to 25 feet later as the day progresses. He said he is throwing square bill crankbaits early in the day and deeper diving crankbaits like a Strike King 5 or 6XD in shad or bream patterns later in the day.
Crappie have been doing well according to Richard Tatsch. He said they are around the bridge pylons on the lake. Minnows and jigs are both working well. Some are also being caught around deeper brush from 18 to 25 feet and other structure according to the folks selling bait.
Catfish are doing great. Guide Richard Tatsch reports catfish are doing great on stink bait from 12 to 30 feet deep along channel bends and drop offs. Chicken liver at the same depths are also producing good catches. Tatsch uses a number 8 treble hook and a 1/8- to 1/4-ounce egg sinker.
Hybrid striped bass have picked up right now. Tatsch said they are doing well around main lake points on live shad and jigging spoons. Most of them are from 15 to 30 feet deep right now. Look for schools of shad and the fish should be close. They are eating schools of shad in open water right now around 30 foot ledges.
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.