Fishing information for Lake Conroe is hard to report because not many folks have been out for the past few weeks with the holidays and cold, nasty weather. The water is a little off color anywhere on the lake and especially in the back of the creeks and areas of run off. The level is 201.33 feet above mean sea level, and the temperature of the water at the dam is running about 47.93 degrees mid morning. 1061 CFS of water is being released according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass have been slow according to the few bass fishermen on the lake who have been out. Texas rigged soft plastics in Watermelon Green or pumpkin with a chartreuse tail worked along docks, riprap, and other shallow structure are good starters. Shallow running crankbaits and spinner baits are good also. Deeper on structure the bass may be found around from 15 to 20 feet deep.
Crappie are fair. Fishing guide Carl Bostic said some can be seen on brush and other structure and some fish are being caught, but the numbers are still down. Minnows and jigs are both working over brush and other structure in 12 to 20 feet of water. It seems one day you might catch 10 or 12 and the next day only three or four. In general, it seems the overall crappie population is down.
Catfish are good along baited holes in water 12 to 20 feet deep. Bostic said they have been catching limits and good size catfish on baited holes and the keepers are running from one and one-half to three pounds. They have been biting on cheese stink bait or liver. He also said drifting with larger hooks and bigger cut bait over flats or the tops of ledges can get you some good size blue catfish in 15 feet of water.
Hybrids and white bass are are chasing bait fish. You might try over humps, points and drop offs in 15 to 20 feet of water.
No reports on bream at this time.
The information for this fishing report has been made available by fishing guide Carl Bostic, working out of Seven Coves. For information about his services go to his website at www.wethook.com or call 936-718-7983.