Fishing on Lake Conroe is picking up after that bitter-cold week. The water is clear in the main lake and a little stained in the back waters. The water temperature at the dam has been running 42.45 degrees early in the morning but the lake warms up at the north end first and when I spoke to fishing guide Phillip James, he said it was 58 degrees in the jungle, south of the FM 1375 Bridge.The lake level is 201.08 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 good. James told me the first hour in the annual Big Bass Tournament last weekend had a weigh in of a 14.25 pound bass. James said he has not been out bass fishing recently but the bass are on the nest spawning and the shallows are producing keepers. Crank baits around the boat docks are also producing fish.
Catfish are good and can be found on baited holes along humps and points and submerged pond dams in 15 to 30 feet of water. James said chicken liver is working well on baited holes. James’ recent parties had good catches in 3 to 4 hours. The catfish caught now are running good size up to 1 to 4 pounds with the occasional blue cat up to 10 pounds..
Crappie are spawning. They can be found up at the north end of the lake right now where the water is warmer. James said he and Carl Bostic fished in shallows in the jungles just south of FM1375 and caught 19 keepers in one to two feet of water off the bank on minnows, they wouldn't bite jigs. Most caught were black crappie with a few white crappie mixed in.
Hybrid Stripers (Palmetto bass) are occasionally biting on chicken livers down with the catfish on the baited holes.
White Bass are being caught at the north end of the lake in the Stubblefield area.
Bream are still deep due to the cold water. Once the water warms back up again they will be biting and meal worms or night crawlers.
The information for this fishing report has been made available by fishing guide Phillip James, working out of Seven Coves Marina. James has been a freshwater fishing guide for over 30 years. For information about his services go to www.phillipsguideservice.com or call 903-724-8291.