Fishing on Lake Conroe has been up and down once again with the fronts coming through. The water is clear and the water temperature at the dam has been running 58.43 degrees early in the morning, but the lake warms up some as the sun gets up and the clouds burn off. The lake level is 200.87 feet and 458 CFS of water is being released due to the “Seasonal Lowering” adopted by the San Jacinto River Authority. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.
Black bass fishing is good. The official spawning period (January-March) of the Legacy Class ShareLunker Program has ended, but the other classes run all year so remember to enter your 8-plus pound bass and get recognized. The black bass are being found in the shallows and on the deeper structures throughout the lake. Crank baits are generating strikes as are soft plastics..
Catfish are inconsistent and seem to be effected by the weather fronts moving through. You can try baited holes along humps and points and submerged pond dams in 15 to 20 feet of water. Fishing guide Phillip James said chicken liver is working as well as anything.
Crappie are biting and are back on the brush and other structure at from 15 to 20 feet of water. They can be found around the bridge pylons around the FM 1375 and FM 1097 ridges also. Minnow are the beat bait today on brush but they will also bite on jigs if you can feel the light hits. 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. James told me he had a party out Saturday morning and they caught some hybrids and white bass on minnows on brush while fishing for crappie.
Bream are on the brush also. James said he had a party out recently and they caught large bream on minnows. They are also biting and meal worms or night crawlers at 15-20 feet deep.
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 www.phillipsguideservice.com or call 903-724-8291.