Conroe Courier/ October 20, 2021/ Fishing Reports, News

Fishing on Lake Conroe is pulling out of it's summer pattern and the fishing is picking up. 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 from recent rain and results of timber clear cutting. The water temperature at the dam has been running 85 degrees early in the morning. The Lake Release is 0 CFS, City of Houston Diversion(COH) 0 CFS and the Ground Reduction Plan(GRP) is 20.02 CFS. The level is 199.71 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. They are also starting to be found on brush piles and other structure at 15-20 feet deep.

Catfish are biting well. Fishing guide Phillip James said he had parties out recently and they caught their limit of keepers with an occasional blue cat up to 5 pounds. He said they were along main lake humps, points and ridges in 15 to 20 feet of water. Chicken liver is working well for bait as is shrimp dipped in punch bait.

Crappie are still slow. You might get one or two on the brush and other structure at depths of 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 15-20 feet deep. James said he has had good bites recently and caught a number of hybrids up to 5 pound. They are also being caught with the catfish. 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 the sun comes up 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. James 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.

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