Fishing for Lake Conroe has been good. The water is still a little off color in the back of the creeks and areas of run off. The level is 201.05 feet above mean sea level, and the temperature of the water at the dam is running about 49.13 degrees in the early morning. No water is being released, according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass have been staging to spawn with males on the nests, according to fishing guide Carl Bostic. Texas rigged soft plastics in Watermelon Green or pumpkin with a chartreuse tail worked on the shallows are good starters. Rat-L-Traps worked shallow is also a good starting lure. Bostic said he also caught some 3- to 4-pound bass on minnows while fishing for crappie.
Crappie are good. Bostic said he has caught some up the creeks and shallows like Caney Creek under cork on minnows. Minnows seem to be the best bait at this time in 10 feet and less of water or beating the banks. He said he is catching and average of from 15-22 on a trip, but there is a lot of fishing pressure on them at this time.
Catfish are slow to fair on baited holes. Bostic said he has had his best luck around bulk heads by chumming up an area when a front blows through and working the area for blues. He also said drifting cut bait over flats or the tops of ledges in 10 feet of water and less can get you some good size blue catfish.
Hybrids are a little slow, but some may be found along the humps and ridges in 10 feet of water. Live shad and jigging spoons are good baits to start with. Trolling No. 13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits are also good.
White bass are starting to spawn up north and along sandy humps and ridges. You might try over humps, points and dropoffs in 10 feet of water or less. Please keep in mind that a large number of hybrids were stocked last year, so make sure you know the difference between white bass and hybrids. A white bass and an undersized hybrid look similar.
Bream are still deep with the cold water. You may find them on deep structure in 20-25 feet of water. Meal worms or night crawlers are good baits.
The information for this fishing report has been made available by Bostic, working out of Seven Coves. For information about his services, visit his website at www.wethook.com or call 936-718-7983.