Fishing on Lake Conroe is in its summer pattern, slow to fair. The water is clear anywhere on the lake, the level is 199.96 feet above mean sea level, and the temperature of the water at the dam is running in the low 80s early in the morning. Later in the day, the water will get up near 90 degrees. No water is being released, according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Fishing guide Carl Bostic said the thermocline shows at 15-20 feet deep, so soon fishing below that depth will be non-productive.
Black bass are slow to fair. Texas rigged soft plastics in Tequila Sunrise, Black Blue or pumpkin with a chartreuse tail worked slowly along docks, riprap and other shallow structures. Those are good starters from daylight until shortly after the sun gets up. Later in the day, the bass may be found around brush and other structures 15-20 feet deep.
Crappie are slow. Bostic said some small schools can be seen on brush along the thermocline, but the fish are not interested in biting. He suggested that minnows over brush in 12-20 feet of water would be a good starting point.
Catfish are fair to good, but be prepared to move often from one baited hole to another. Bostic said he catches five or six keepers on one baited hole. After that, the small ones start taking your bait, and it’s time to move to another spot. Bostic said they were catching three small catfish for every keeper. He also said good-size blue catfish can be caught drifting over the flats at around 10-15 feet of water early in the morning. It is necessary, however, to be absolutely quiet in the boat to get a bite.
Hybrids are scattered. You might try over humps and dropoffs in 15-18 feet of water. Bostic said occasionally some are being caught on chicken liver with the catfish.
Bream have slowed some, and the spawn is finished, so they are not as thick as they have been. Night crawlers and meal worms are still the best bait, and some nice bream the size of your hand are still being caught, but may be skinny looking.
The information for this fishing report has been made available by Bostic, working out of Seven Coves. For information about his services, visit www.wethook.com or call 936-718-7983.