Conroe Courier/ December 11, 2019/ Fishing Reports, News

Fishing on Lake Conroe picked up between the weather fronts. The water is clear and the water temperature at the dam has been running 55.72 degrees early in the morning. The water level is 198.73 feet and no water is being released according to the San Jacinto River Authority. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.

Black bass fishing picked up last weekend. Sunday’s tournament had a winning stringer of over 31 pounds. Crank baits around the boat docks as are Carolina rigged, watermelon red, soft plastics around shady docks, brush piles, and riprap are all good lures at this time. The bass are there it just thinks a little thinking to get them to bite, and if your normal approach isn’t working try something new and different.

Catfish are good and can be found on baited holes in 18 to 25 feet of water. Fishing with chicken liver is working well on baited holes as is shrimp in dip baits. The catfish caught now are running from 1 to 4 pounds on the average. James Tucker at Stow-A-Way Marina said he has a party of three out last Saturday and they caught 75 catfish in a little over 3 hours.

Crappie are biting hit and miss once again. 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 slow to bite. They will 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 brush with the crappie.

James Tucker works at Stow-A-Way Marina, has made the facts and information for this fishing report available. For information about Stow-A-Way Marina call (936) 856-4531.

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