Fishing on Lake Conroe has been slow to good depending on what you are after but an improvement is starting to be seen. The water in the main lake is clear and the level lately was 199.51 feet above mean sea level. The temperature of the water at the dam is running about 80.63 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 24.09 CFS according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing is fair to good with the best 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 starting to gather some around the lake. Fishing guide Carl Bostic said he has been catching a few over the brush in 15 to 20 feet. As the water continues to cool down the crappie will pickup again.
Catfish are good and Bostic said he like to fish on the baited holes in water 30 feet and less along any of the ledges. He said you should be able to catch a limit of keepers especially if you start early. Bostic also said that drifting is producing some nice blue catfish. Drifting up and down ledges in 15-25 feet is Carl's preference. 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.
Bream are good early. Bostic said he has caught some nice bream on brush on minnows and if they are large enough to take minnows they are large bream. 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.