Conroe Courier/ October 16, 2019/ Fishing Reports, News

The fishing on Lake Conroe is picking up with the cool fronts last week. The water temperature in the morning has been down to 71.78 degrees at the dam. The level of the lake is 198.75 feet above mean sea level with no water being released. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.

Black bass fishing is picking up as they get more active as indicated by the five fish stringers weighed in at the Sunday tournament, the size of the more active fish was also good. However, the best fishing in the shallows is still at daylight. With the water cooling down lure presentation can also pickup in type and speed. Texas rigged soft plastics in Watermelon colors and crankbaits are working well. The best locations after the sun rises will be in any shade and around almost any structure.

Catfish are good. Channel cats and blues cats, 1 ½ to 3 pounds, can be caught on baited holes on humps and ledges from 16 to 20 feet deep. Liver or shrimp dipped in punch baits are working well. Jug lines baited with cut bream or shad are producing good catches in water 25 feet deep on the top hooks at 10 to 15 feet deep at night. Drifting cut bait on the flats can produce some large blue catfish.

Hybrid stripers are being found down with the catfish biting on liver on baited holes. Some may be found on humps and points drifting live bait or trolling but the bite has been slow.

Bream are good around the marinas, dock, along the shore, rocks, and riprap from 5 to 15 feet deep. Big bream are plentiful and large hand size bream have been caught on meal worms or night crawlers and some are large enough to bite minnows. Bream caught on light tackle is hard to beat for fun for the family as well as good eating.

Crappie fishing is still slow to fair and catches are reported on brush and other structure in water around 15 feet deep. Jigs and minnows are both working but you still have to work for them.

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