Fishing on Lake Conroe is picking up some. The water is clear anywhere on the lake, the level is 199.40 feet above mean sea level, and the temperature of the water at the dam is running about 55.05 degrees early in the morning. Later in the day the water will get up to the low 60s. No water is being released, according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass are fair and a few larger fish are being caught. Texas rigged soft plastics in Watermelon Green or pumpkin with a chartreuse tail worked slowly along docks, riprap, and other shallow structure are good starters from daylight until shortly after the sun gets up. Shallow running crankbaits and spinner baits are good early also. Later in the day, the bass may be found around brush and other structure 15-20 feet deep.
Crappie are picking up some. Fishing guide Carl Bostic said some can be seen on brush and larger fish are being caught, but the numbers are still up and down. Minnows and jigs are both working over brush and other structure in 12-20 feet of water. It seems one day you might catch 10-12 and the next day only three or four. If we can get some good hard cold fronts to come through that will help the bite to pick up more, however it seems the overall crappie population is down.
Catfish are good along baited holes in water 20-30 feet deep. Bostic said they have been catching limits and good size catfish on baited holes and the keepers are running from two to three pounds. They have been biting on cheese stink bait or liver. He also said drifting with larger hooks and bigger cut bait over flats or the tops of ledges can get you some good size blue catfish, early in 10-20 feet of water.
Hybrids are scattered. You might try over humps, points and drop offs in 15-18 feet of water. Bostic said occasionally a few are being caught on chicken liver with the catfish.
Bream have been picking up and are down at 12-15 feet deep on the shallower bridge pylons and other structure. Night crawlers and meal worms are still the best bait and some nice bream the size of your hand are being caught.
The information for this fishing report has been made available by Bostic, working out of Seven Coves. For information about his services go to his website at www.wethook.com or call 936-718-7983.