Fishing on Lake Conroe has been slow to good depending o what you are after. The Thermocline is no deeper than 20 feet at this time, so there is no oxygen in the water below that depth. The water in the main lake is clear.
The level lately was 200.02 feet above mean sea level, and the temperature of the water at the dam is running about 86 degrees at daylight in the morning. The Lake Release is 0 CFS, City of Houston Diversion(COH) is 0 CFS and the Ground Reduction Plan(GRP) is 23.87 CFS according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing is in it's summer pattern with fair to good action in the shallows early and late. During the heat of the day, anglers report that many are back on structures and brush at 15 to 20 feet 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. Top water lures are producing some catches early around downed logs and vegetation with a few keepers.
Crappie are slow right now and fishing guide Carl Bostic said he hasn't heard of any being caught at this time. The water will have to cool off before crappie will pickup again.
Catfish are back on the baited holes in water 16 to 20 feet deep. Bostic said they are catching a lot of under size catfish and small keepers. He said you will catch about 100 fish to get a limit of keepers. Bostic also said that drifting over windy flats with circle hooks and shad, pealed shrimp, or cut bait on long lines will get you some 5 pound blue cats and an occasional larger one in the 25 pound range.
Hybrids that are being caught are mostly under size and the bite has slowed down. Bostic has reported some have been with the catfish on baited holes. Trolling #13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits over humps may also bring some results. It is important that they not be mistaken for white bass, so if you catch one under 18 inches and aren't sure throw them back.
White bass have been reported in a hit or miss pattern at Atkins Creek early using jigging spoons, drifting swim baits, or trolling Pet Spoons.
Bream are good early and late. Bostic said they are on brush and riprap. Meal worms and night crawlers are the best bait and to increase your action they can be baited up with sweet corn.
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.