Conroe Courier/ October 27, 2021/ Fishing Reports, News

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 about 85 degrees according to a couple fishing guides.

The River Authority said 89.18 degrees, either way it is going to warm some when the sun comes out. The water at this time is clear in the main lake. The level is 199.69 feet. The City of Houston Diversion (COH) is 0 CFS, the Ground Reduction Plan (GRP) is 20.79 CFS and the Lake release is 0 CFS according to the San Jacinto River Authority.

Black bass fishing is doing good in the shallows early on spinner baits and top water baits around the riprap according to fishing guide Richard Tatsch. Then as the sun comes up tie on a crankbait and hit the deeper edges of the same rocks to catch them. Shad colored crankbaits and Texas Rigged soft plastic worms are working well.

Crappie are starting to do better but not good yet. They are biting on minnows and jigs around brush piles in water from 8 to 16 feet deep. When the weather cools down a little more they should start doing well.

Hybrids are starting to bunch up and chase schools of shad but there not biting well yet according to Tatsch. The water temperature is in the upper 70’s right now and it just got there. 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 on stink bait around baited areas from 12 to 20 feet of water. 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 on 8 to 16 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.

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