Conroe Courier/ December 18, 2019/ Fishing Reports, News

Fishing on Lake Conroe is picking up and right now is fair to good depending on the fish you are after. The water in the main lake is clear and the water temperature has been 54.90 degrees around daylight at the dam. The lake level is 198.74 feet and no water is being released. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.

Black bass fishing is good according to fishing guide Richard Tatsch. They are biting well on shad pattern crankbaits and Carolina rigged worms fished around the rocky area’s and brush piles in 6 to 20 feet of water.

Catfish are getting bigger on average and biting really well! Guide Richard Tatsch said he is catching most of his from 12 to 20 feet of water over baited holes using stink bait but other baits like chicken livers or bait shrimp will do well also. Tatsch said he uses a #6 treble hook and a 1/8 ounce weight.

Crappie fishing is hit or miss. The FM 1097 Bridge is the best place to catch them right now. Minnows and jigs fished around the pilings are producing reasonable catches.

Hybrid striped bass are getting started and should get better from here on. Most are hanging suspended in 25 to 30 feet of water right now around the channel edges. You can catch them trolling crankbaits or just casting them. Tatsch said he uses live shad set at what depth heI find them in with my Lowrance electronics.

White bass are starting to school on the surface around the lake. They have been randomly popping up to the surface. Small Rat-L-Traps or speck rigs will catch them.

Bream are good around brush piles and rocks from 20 feet deep on mealworms and night crawlers. The marina folks tell me that large bream are being brought in at this time.

Richard Tatsch owns the FishDude's Guide Service and has been a licensed professional fishing guide since 1996. His boat is a 24 foot Pathfinder bay boat, which is very spacious and safe enough for the roughest conditions on Lake Conroe. He can be reached on line at, email, or phone 936-291-1277.

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