The fishing on Lake Conroe is fair, probably because of the weather fronts, and there is a large population of shad right now. The water temperature at sunrise has been around 52.50 degrees at the dam according to the San Jacinto River Authority. The level of the lake is 198.78 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 with the fronts moving. Guide Carl Bostic reported that a man was crappie fishing at Seven Coves Marina and caught an 11.04 pound black bass on a minnow. Mostly 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 eight 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 on baited holes. Fishing guide Carl Bostic told me that channel cats and blues are being caught on holes baited with range cubes down to around 12 to 25 feet deep as well as on brush. Drift fishing with cut bait for catfish has been slow. Bostic said he was jug fishing and caught mostly 5 to 10 pound blue catfish and one 20 pound fish.
Hybrids are slow according to Bostic. He said he caught one keeper hybrid while crappie fishing with a minnow on brush.
Crappie fishing is spotty 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.