Fishing on Lake Conroe has been good for the past weeks. The water is clear in the main lake and a little cloudy from the run off in the back waters. The water temperature at the dam has been running 64 degrees early in the morning and warms up as the day progresses. The level is 200.78 feet and 529 CFS of water is being released according to the San Jacinto River Authority due to Seasonal Lowering Flow. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.
Black bass have been found in the shallows still spawning and also deeper at depths of from 15 to 20 feet. Texas or Carolina rigged worms in Watermelon, Pumpkin, Black/Blue or Junebug are the best soft plastic producers shallow in the nesting areas. Bass can also be found deeper around brush, boat docks, and other structure.
Crappie fishing is good and they are being caught on the brush piles at 14 to 25 feet. Large crappie are being caught on minnows at that depth. Guide Phillip James said he had many trips out last week and each trip resulted in from 25 to 40 crappie. Minnows are good bait but the more experienced anglers can have just as much success on jigs.
Bream are biting well and large hand size bream can be found down with the crappie.
Catfish are excellent on chicken liver anywhere on the lake from 20 to 30 feet deep. They are on baited holes, main river edges, and creek edges. Size of fish caught has been reported to be from one to four pounds although one blue cat was caught on a rod that weighed 8 pounds on a trip guided by Phillip James.
Hybrids are being caught down with the catfish on chicken liver. Some are still chasing shad but can be hard to entice to bite. On the humps and points the best bait is 5/8 ounce spoons, like Charlie’s Slab or a Branson Bug, in white or chartreuse, vertically jigged, or trolled.
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.