Fishing on Lake Conroe has been up and down lately. The water is clear at the south end and a little stained up north, in the backs of creeks and in the shallows from the runoff during the rains. The water temperature at the dam has been running in the low 80s early in the morning, but the lake warms up if and when the sun comes out. The Lake Release was 530 CFS, City of Houston Diversion is 0 CFS, and the Ground Reduction Plan is 17.86 CFS. The level is 201.27 feet, according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing is good one day and slow the next. Last Thursday, they were good, and Sunday, it was slow. Early and late are the best times. Black bass are in the shallows early and late and on the deeper structures throughout the lake during midday. Crank baits are generating strikes, as are soft plastics. A few bass are also being caught on brush pile at 15-20 feet deep.
Catfish are biting well. The parties out recently have caught their limit of keepers, or as many as they wanted to clean, with an occasional blue cat up to three pounds. They are along main lake humps and points and submerged pond dams in 20-25 feet of water on baited holes. Chicken liver is working well for bait, as is shrimp dipped in punch baits.
Crappie have slowed down a lot with the hot weather. You might get one or two on the brush and other structure in from 15-20 feet of water. They may also be found around the bridge pylons around the FM1375 and FM1097 ridges. Minnow are the beat bait, but they will also bite on jigs if you can feel the light hits.
Hybrid stripers (Palmetto bass) are biting well early on live shad and chicken livers on main lake humps and points at about 25 feet deep. A lot of small hybrids are being caught with only a few keepers. The rest were 10-15 inches long. Juvenile hybrids look very similar to white bass, so if you catch any under 18 inches long and are not sure which fish it is, put it back in the lake.
Bream are on rocks and riprap anywhere on the lake. Large, hand-size bream are being caught on shrimp under corks, as well as meal worms or night crawlers. Early and late along the shore under shade is the best time to catch them.