Fishing on Lake Conroe is still in its summer pattern and the fishing is generally slow to fair. 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 86 degrees early in the morning and the lake warms up to around 90 degrees as the sun gets up and the clouds burn off.
The Lake Release is 0 CFS, City of Houston Diversion(COH) 75 CFS and the Ground Reduction Plan(GRP) is 17.65 CFS. The level is 200.48 feet according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing is best early in the morning. They are in the shallows early and late and holding on the deeper structures during midday. Crank baits are generating strikes as are soft plastics. A few bass are also being caught on brush pile at 15-20 feet deep.
Catfish are biting well. Fishing guide Phillip James said he had a parties out recently and they caught their limit of keepers with an occasional blue cat up to 3 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 as is shrimp dipped in punch bait.
Crappie are slowed as usual at this time of year and the hot weather. You might get one or two on the brush and other structure at from 15 to 20 feet of water. Minnows are the best bait on brush.
Hybrid Stripers (Palmetto bass) are biting on chicken livers on main lake humps and points at about 16-20 feet deep. James told me he has had good bites recently and caught a number of 15-16 inch hybrids and a few keepers. Juvenile hybrids look very similar to white bass, so if you catch any under 18 inches long and are not sure which fish it is put it back in the lake.
Bream are on rocks anywhere on the lake early in the morning from daylight until about 8:30 AM and then late around sun down. Meal worms or night crawlers are the best bait.
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.