Fishing on Lake Conroe is good but the wind can be a challenge at times. The water temperature in the main lake is running 62.93 degrees around daylight at the dam and the water level is 200.47 feet. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level and 450 CFS of water is being released at this time due to the “Seasonal Lowering” according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass are good at this time. James Tucker and others are saying that they are catching good numbers and they can be found at almost any depth around structures. Early good action can be found in the shallows. Top water baits, spinnerbaits, and square bill crankbaits are working well as are soft plastics, just match your lures to the depth you are fishing.
Crappie are picking up. Tucker said he was out recently and caught some nice keepers. Some people are catching a few around the submerged trees in the jungles south of the FM 1375 Bridge on minnows and jigs. Others are being caught around brush from 15 to 20 feet and around the FM 1097 bridge pylons. The crappie fishing should continue as it is until the water warms up more when the bite will slow down..
Catfish are doing well. Tucker reported that they are being found on bulkheads early and fishing under corks is bringing good action. Later they are from 12 to 20 feet deep on baited holes. Stink bait and chicken liver are producing good catches. Tucker uses a number 8 treble hook and a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce egg sinker.
Hybrid striped bass are hit and miss according to most anglers. Most that are reported caught when anglers are fishing for crappie with minnows or liver or stink bait when catfishing. You can try trolling over humps and ridges and that will allow you to cover more area and also increase your chances..
Bream are picking up well and some nice, large, hand size bream are being caught on meal worms and night crawlers down where you find the catfish or crappie. Some are starting to show up in the shallows also. A couple more weeks and they should pick up more.
The information was provided in part by James Tucker who works at Stow-A-Way Marina. Stow-A-Way Marina and RV Park can be reached at (936) 856-4531.