Fishing on Lake Conroe is good. The water is a bit muddy in the backwaters with the run off from the rain and the water temperature at the dam has been running 60 degrees early in the morning and warms up as the day progresses. Fishing guide Phillip James told me by 9 a.m. it was up to 63.2 degrees one day. The level is 198.88 feet, and no water is being released. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.
Black bass fishing is showing improvement with the cooler weather, but the last cold front temporarily slowed it down some. James told me he had not been bass fishing lately, but in the tournament last weekend, the weight of the winning stringer was down four pounds from the week before for first place as the bite has slowed some. Crank baits around the boat docks are working well as are Carolina rigged, watermelon red, soft plastics around shady docks, brush piles and riprap are all good lures at this time.
Catfish are good and can be found on baited holes along the creek channels, the dump, and points in 18-25 feet of water. Fishing guides Phillip James said chicken liver is working well on baited holes. James’ recent parties caught their limit in 3-4 hours. The catfish caught now are running from 1-4 pounds.
Crappie are biting well. They are on the brush and other structure at a depth of 15 feet. The best bait seems to be minnows although jigs will work for anglers who are proficient with them.
Hybrid Stripers (Palmetto bass) are occasionally biting on chicken livers down with the catfish on the baited holes and will occasionally hit a minnow down with the crappie.
Bream are once again biting and meal worms or night crawlers are the best bait. Large hand size bream are being caught on the rocks and around the dam and bridges and on the brush with the crappie.
The information for this fishing report has been made available by fishing guide Phillip James, working out of Seven Coves Marina. Phillip has been a freshwater fishing guide for over 30 years. For information about his services go to www.phillipsguideservice.com or call 903-724-8291.