Fishing on Lake Conroe has been good. The water is still a little off color in the back of the creeks and areas of run off. The lake was closed last weekend because of the high water and floating debris. The level Monday was 202.52 feet above mean sea level, and the temperature of the water at the dam is running about 66.38 degrees in the early morning. The Lake Release was 8120 CFS, City of Houston Diversion(COH) is 0 CFS and the Ground Reduction Plan(GRP) is 18.58 CFS according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass have almost finished their spawn for the year but a few are still on the nests. Tournament anglers report that many are back on the structures at all depths around the lake. Soft plastics in Watermelon Green or pumpkin with a chartreuse tail are good starters. Rat-L-Traps are also a good starting lure but your lure choice will depend on how deep you are fishing.
Crappie are good right now and the spawn is about over for them also. They can be found now mostly back on brush but a few can still be found in the shallows. Fishing guide Carl Bostic said he is fishing for them back on the brush piles and minnows and jigs are both working well. As the water receeds back to pool they will be back on the brush in the 10 to 20 foot depth range and the catch is good.
Catfish were shallow during the high water and people were catching them along the banks all over the lake. As soon as the water is back to pool they will be back on baited holes along humps in water 10 to 20 feet deep. Bostic said drifting cut bait over flats or the tops of ledges in 10 to 20 feet of water and caught good size blue catfish in the 6 pound range with an occasional larger fish up to around 10 pounds.
Hybrids and white bass are good on points using minnows in 15 feet of water on points. Some are being caught while Bostic has been fishing for catfish on baited holes. Trolling #13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits over humps may also bring some results.
Bream can be found in deep or shallow water on brush and large hand size bream are now being caught. Meal worms or night crawlers are good baits.
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.