Fishing on Lake Conroe is fair to good depending on what you are after. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running a little over 85 degrees. As the day wears on and the sun comes up it has been warming up to over 90 degrees, especially in the shallows and back waters of the creeks. The water at this time is clear in the main lake and a little cloudy in the run off areas. The level is 200.41 feet. The City of Houston Diversion (COH) is 75 CFS, the Ground Reduction Plan(GRP) is 0 CFS and the Lake release is 0 CFS according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing is decent on top water baits around the rip rap early in the day according to fishing guide Richard Tatsch. Then as the sun comes up they move out to the brush in 8 to 16 feet of water. On the brush you can catch them on shad colored crankbaits and Carolina Rigged soft plastic worms.
Crappie are really slow because the water temperature is in the 90's and they just are not biting.
Hybrid striped bass have slowed down to almost nothing also with the hot water of the lake according to Tatsch. It will take cooler water temperatures to get them active again.
Catfish are doing great right now around channel edges from 12 to 20 feet of water around baited areas. Chicken liver as well as stink baits are producing good catches. Tatsch uses a number 8 treble hook and a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce egg sinker in the deeper water.
Bream are good around the rocks and brush piles in 10 to 20 feet of water on meal worms and night crawlers early and late. Large, hand size bream are normal right now.
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.