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 81 degrees. As the day wears on and the sun comes up it has been warming up to the high 80's close to 90 degrees, especially in the shallows and back waters of the creeks.
The water at this time is clear in the main lake. The level is 199.68 feet. The City of Houston Diversion(COH) is 0 CFS, the Ground Reduction Plan(GRP) is 20.86 CFS and the Lake release is 0 CFS according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing is doing good on Shad Assassins in the shallow grass early according to fishing guide Richard Tatsch. Then as the sun comes up they move out to the brush in 6 to 12 feet of water. On the brush you can catch them on shad colored crankbaits and Texas Rigged soft plastic worms.
Crappie are still slow but you can catch a few on minnows and jigs around brush in 12 to 16 feet. When the weather cools down a little more they should start doing well.
Hybrid striped bass are still a little slow but should start doing better as it cools down according to Tatsch. It will take cooler water temperatures to get them active again. It is important that juvenile hybrids not be mistaken for white bass, so if you catch one under 18 inches and aren't sure which it is, throw them back.
Catfish are doing great right now around channel edges and drop offs in 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 6 feet or less early in the morning according to some marina reports. Meal worms and night crawlers can get you some large, hand size bream right now.
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.