Fishing on Lake Conroe is good. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running 64.43 degrees. As the day wears on and the sun comes up it has been warming up, especially in the shallows and back waters of the creeks. The water at this time is clear in the main lake and cloudy in the run off areas and the level is 200.06 feet. The City of Houston Diversion (COH) is 0 CFS and the Ground Reduction Plan(GRP) is 22.39 CFS according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass are mixed right now. Some are spawning and some are in post spawn. Some are being caught around rip rap rocks on spinnerbaits, bladed jigs and square bill crankbaits early. There is also action to be found fishing the vegetation in the backs of the creeks with frogs and spinnerbaits as the sun gets up or were you see bait like spawning shad.
Crappie are starting to bite really well on the brush piles from 8 to 16 feet deep. Minnows and jigs are the baits to getting them.
Catfish are starting to be found on the bulkheads now. Take cut bay and put it under a cork right against the bulkhead walls with around a foot and a half of line under the cork. Shallow sandy points with deeper bulkheads seem to hold more fish. It is also reported that catfish are still being caught in 15 to 20 feet of water around baited areas. Chicken liver as well as on stink baits are producing good catches. Fishing guide Richard Tatsch uses a number 8 treble hook and a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce egg sinker in the deeper water.
Hybrids are chasing schools of shad around the lake. When you find the shad on your depth finder the fish will be close. Most are running points and ridges from 20 to 30 feet.
Bream are beginning to move up into the shallow riprap as the was warms. The best bait is night crawlers of meal worms.
Richard Tatsch owns the FishDude's Guide Service and has been a licensed professional fishing guide since 1996. His boat is a 24 foot Pathfinder bay boat, which is very spacious and safe enough for the roughest conditions on Lake Conroe. He can be reached on line at www.fishdudetx.com, email [email protected], or phone 936-291-1277.