Conroe Courier/ January 15, 2020/ Fishing Reports, News

Fishing on Lake Conroe is up and down with the weather fronts and species you are looking to catch. The water is clear and the water temperature at the dam has been running 52 degrees early in the morning. The water level is 198.94 feet and no water is being released according to the San Jacinto River Authority. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.

Black bass are fair to good. Bass trips out lately have produces some good luck around brush and structure such some ditches alongside of boat houses that are 15 feet deep that have produced bass. A Carolina rigged 10 inch long Watermelon worm is a good start along with shad colored crankbaits.

Catfish are excellent and can be found on baited holes in 12 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. The parties out last week reported that they caught limits of catfish in 3 or 4 hours.

Crappie are biting hit and miss once again. They are on brush and other structure at a depth of 12 to 25 feet. The best bait seems to be minnows although jigs will work for anglers who are proficient with them and if the wind lies down. To help our crappie population Fish Dude Guide Service is raffling off a crappie trip and the proceeds are going to the crappie stocking program at Stow-A-Way Marina. Tickets are five dollars each or five for twenty dollars and can be purchased at Stow-A-Way Marina. The drawing will be held March 31.

Hybrid Stripers (Palmetto bass) are slow to bite. They will occasionally bite 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 deep brush with the crappie and with the deep catfish.

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