Conroe Courier/ January 6, 2021/ 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 50.48 degrees early in the morning. The level is 201.37 feet and 530 CFS of water is being released according to the San Jacinto River Authority. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.

The black bass are fair and early they are a little more shallow and around the grass, moss and stumps where the water is three to ten feet deep. Some are also reported along boat docks and rocks. Later in the day they move out to 12 feet around the brush piles. Texas or Carolina rigged soft plastics in Watermelon Seed and Gourd Green are working well over brush, and Texas Rigs are best around grass and docks. Shallow running crank baits and spinner bait are also working well.

Crappie are picking up a little with the cooler water, but still show a day to day inconsistency in the bite. The crappie are on brush in 12-30 feet of water and are on top of the brush. Catches this week have been on both minnows and jigs. Some are also showing up around the FM 1097 bridge pylons. Twelve to fifteen keeper crappie seem to be about the best catch in a mornings trip at this time.

Catfish are still great and located on baited holes back from the main river channel in 12 to 25 feet of water. Cheese Bait on sponge hooks, chicken liver, or shrimp are all good producing bait. Catfish in the 1 ½ to 4 pound range are the sizes normally taken on baited holes.

The small white bass and hybrids are occasionally seen with a few keepers showed up this week. Those caught were on large minnows or trolling #13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits over humps from 13 to 17 feet deep. A few are biting as they pass through the baited catfish holed.

Large bream are in with the crappie and the catfish and you can catch all you want on night crawlers or mealy worms. Some can also be found around the dam and riprap around bridges and breakwaters.

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