Fishing on Lake Conroe has slowed with the hot weather. Guide Phillip James said he gets out at 6 a.m., and the fishing is good for about an hour before it slows.
The water is clear in the main lake. The water temperature at the dam has been running 82 degrees early in the morning at the dam and warms up as the day progresses. The level is 200.46 feet above mean sea level, and no water is being released, according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass can be found in the shallows early and late and also at depths of 17-20 feet. Texas rigged worms in watermelon, pumpkin seed, black/blue or June bug are good soft plastic producers shallow in the early hours. The key to black bass fishing in this hot weather is a slow presentation.
Crappie fishing is slow, and the few being caught are on the brush piles at 20-25 feet. James said on the trips he had out recently, it was not unusual to find maybe one crappie for each brush pile. Minnows are the best bait.
Bream are biting well, and large, hand-size bream can be found on the riprap.
Catfish are good on chicken liver anywhere on the lake, 20-25 feet deep. They are good on baited holes, main river edges, submerged pond dams, and humps and points. The size of fish caught has been in the 2-pound range.
Hybrids are being caught down with the catfish on chicken liver. On the humps and points, the best bait is 5/8-ounce spoons, like Charlie’s Slab or a Branson Bug, in white or chartreuse, vertically jigged or trolled.
The information for this fishing report has been made available by James, working out of Seven Coves Marina. James has been a freshwater fishing guide for more than 30 years. For information about his services go to www.phillipsguideservice.com or call 903-724-8291.