Fishing on Lake Conroe is slow to fair as we struggle with the summer pattern. The water temperature at the dam at daylight has been 82 degrees, and as the sun gets up the water temperature continues to increase throughout the day. The level at this time is 199.92 feet above mean sea level; pool is 201 feet above mean sea level. No water is being released according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing is slow and the numbers weighed in at the local tournaments are down. However, one large fish, in the 9-pounds-plus range, was recorded at the Sunday morning tournaments. Those found are around docks and other structure shallow, early in the morning. With the bright sun later in the day the shade under docks and also brush piles 15 to 20 feet deep may present some opportunities. Soft plastic worms and lizards are being used as are crankbaits to depths from the bank out to 20 feet. Early spinnerbaits are also working.
Catfish are good and can be found on baited holes along the humps and points just about anywhere, but be prepared to catch some small ones along with the keepers. Punch bait on sponge hooks or shrimp are working well as are chicken liver. Drifting shad or cut bait across the flats, early, is still providing some fun and good catches of blue catfish.
Crappie are on the brush, bridge pylons and other structure at a depth of 12 to 20 feet, but I have spoken to few who can get them to bite on anything at any time. If you are going to try crappie I would think minnows would be the best bait.
Hybrids are suspended over humps and points and don’t seem to be interested in biting. Trolling #13 Pet Spoons behind deep divers like Hellbender Downriggers may get you some action as well as jigging slab spoons or live shad once you find the fish.
Bream are down with the crappie on brush and along any rocks or riprap and some large bream are being caught. Night crawlers or meal worms are the best baits.
James Tucker works at Stow-A-Way Marina, has made some of the information for this fishing report available. For information about Stow-A-Way Marina call (936) 856-4531.