The fishing on Lake Conroe is good. The water temperature at sunrise has been around 54 degrees at the dam according to the San Jacinto River Authority. The level of the lake is 198.80 feet above mean sea level, which is below pool of 201 feet. No water is currently being released.
Black bass fishing last weekend was slow after the front but is picking up some. The catch has been on brush and other structure in water from 8 to 20 feet deep. Early and late you can usually roust some action around the stumps, downfalls, and vegetation in the shallows down to around 6 feet. Soft plastics and crankbaits are good starting lures. The bass are also being found around brush and other structure at the same depths.
Catfish are biting well. Fishing guide Carl Bostic told me that channel cats and blues are being caught on holes baited with range cubes down to around 18 to 25 feet deep as well as on brush. Drift fishing with cut bait for catfish is producing some good action in creek channels and on flats. Bostic said if you put out a drift sock to slow your drift from the wind you can catch blue catfish in the 5-to-10 pound range.
Hybrids were spotted one day last week on the surface by Bostic. He said hybrids were chasing small bream on the surface and he and his nephew got their limit of keeper hybrids with 15 casts of a Rat-L-Trap. They can also be seen over the grass on humps and points and you can try live shad, or jigging spoons to get them to bite.
Crappie fishing is really good right now. Bostic had a party out last week and they caught the crappie on brush piles in 20-to-30 feet of water. He said they would catch a few nice keepers on a brush pile and when they stop biting they would move to another brush pile.
Bream are large in size and plentiful according to guide Carl Bostic. They can be caught on riprap and almost any brush pile. Night crawlers or meal worm are the best bait, however some are so large they are biting on minnows.
The information for this fishing report has been made available by fishing guide Carl Bostic, working out of Seven Coves. For information about his services go to his website at www.wethook.com or call 936-718-7983.