Conroe Courier/ December 23, 2020/ Fishing Reports, News

Fishing on Lake Conroe is slow to good depending on what you are after. The water is clear in the main lake and a little muddy in the back waters. The water temperature at the dam has been running 51.75 degrees early in the morning. The level is 199.51 feet and no water is being released according to the San Jacinto River Authority. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.

Black bass fishing is slow. Guide Phillip James told me he had a party out recently and the bite was so poor he told them he would take them back at no charge later when it picked up. In the tournament last weekend none of the winners had a limit. Crank baits around the boat docks are producing some strikes as are Carolina rigged, watermelon red, soft plastics around shady docks, brush piles, and riprap are good starting lures at this time.

Catfish are good and can be found on baited holes along humps and points and submerged pond dams in 17 to 30 feet of water. James said chicken liver is working well on baited holes. James’ recent parties caught their limit in 3 to 4 hours. The catfish caught now are running good size up to 3 to 4 pounds.

Crappie are still fair one day and then slow the next. They are on the brush and other structure at a depth of 12-25 feet deep. The best bait seems to be minnows although jigs will work for anglers who are proficient with them. One party James has out caught 12 keepers.

Hybrid Stripers (Palmetto bass) are occasionally biting on chicken livers down with the catfish on the baited holes and will occasionally hit a minnow down with the crappie but nothing consistent.

Bream are once again biting and meal worms or night crawlers are the best bait. Large hand size bream are being caught on the rocks and around the dam and bridges and on the brush with the crappie.

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 or call 903-724-8291.

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