Fishing on Lake Conroe is fair to good. The water temperature in the main lake is running 78.45 degrees around daylight at the dam. The water level is 199.79 feet, which is about two feet below pool. No water is being released at this time, according to the San Jacinto River Authority. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.
Largemouth black bass are good around the rocks early and on brush piles later in the day. Early morning top water baits work well, along with shad or bream-colored square bill crankbaits. Later in the day, Carolina-rigged worms and Texas-rigged worms around brush 6-20 feet deep should get you some lively action.
Crappie have slowed down and are hit-and-miss. You can plan on hitting numerous brush piles to land some keepers. Most of those caught are in 10-25 feet of water. Minnows and jigs are the best baits.
Catfish are doing great. Fishing guide Richard Tatsch reports he is catching limits every day on stink bait around baited holes 15-20 feet deep. He uses baits like Mister Whiskers blood bait. Tatsch said he uses a No. 8 treble hook, a ⅛- to ¼-ounce egg sinker and Mr. Whiskers blood bait that he gets from Stow-A-Way Marina.
Hybrid striped bass are good on live shad and by trolling swimbaits, spoons or Rat-L-Traps. They are hanging around drop offs 15-25 feet deep along main lake points.
Bream are starting to move on their beds for spawning, and they are biting well on meal worms and night crawlers under a cork. Night crawlers and meal worms are still the best bait.
Richard 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, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 936-291-1277.