Fishing on Lake Conroe is picking up and fair to good. 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 65 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 17.05 CFS. The lake level is 199.77 feet according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Monday morning, fishing guide Phillip James told me the water was 59.7 degrees at 8:45AM.
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. James said he had parties out recently and they caught their limit of keepers in about three hours with nice size catfish averaging 2 to 3 pounds with an occasional blue cat up to 20 pounds. He said they were along main lake humps, points and ridges in 25 to 30 feet of water. Chicken liver is working well for bait as is shrimp dipped in punch bait.
Crappie are spotty and scattered. You might get 3 or 4 on a brush pile 1 day and nothing the next time you are out. Brush and other structure 15 to 20 feet deep seem to be where they are staying. Minnows are the best bait on brush but if the wind allows jigs will work also.
Hybrid Stripers (Palmetto bass) are biting on chicken livers on main lake humps and points at about 15-20 feet deep. James told me he has had some hybrids caught while fishing for 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 down on the brush with the crappie. 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.