Lake Conroe News/ May 12, 2021/ Fishing Reports, News

Fishing on Lake Conroe has been good lately. The water is clear at the south end and a little stained up north and in the backs of creeks and in the shallows from the run off during the rain. The water temperature at the dam has been running 70.28 degrees early in the morning but the lake warms up some as the sun gets up and the clouds burn off. The Lake Release was 325 CFS, City of Houston Diversion(COH) is 0 CFS and the Ground Reduction Plan(GRP) is 19.4 CFS according to the San Jacinto River Authority.

Black bass fishing is good. Black bass are being found down with the crappie and are being caught up to four pounds on minnows. They are also in the shallows and on the deeper structures throughout the lake. Crank baits are generating strikes as are soft plastics.

Catfish are biting well. Fishing guide Phillip James said his latest party caught 35 keepers with an occasional blue cat up to 5 pounds. He said they were along main lake humps and points and submerged pond dams in 20 to 25 feet of water. Chicken liver is working well for bait.

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 FM1375 and FM1097 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, hand size bream on minnows down with the crappie. 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 or call 903-724-8291.

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