Conroe Courier/ January 29, 2020/ Fishing Reports, News

Fishing on Lake Conroe is fair to good. The water temperature in the main lake is running 53 degrees around daylight and the water level is 199.01 feet, which is two feet below pool and no water is being released at this time according to the San Jacinto River Authority. Pool is 201 feet.

Black bass are doing well on shad pattern crankbaits along the rocks early and late in the day. Midday bites are better on Carolina rigged worms in 8 to 20 feet of water around brush or a hard bottom. The sizes right now being weighed in at the tournaments are up to 7 pounds plus.

Crappie are getting ready to spawn right now and fishing guide Richard Tatsch said, “I don’t fish for them during the spawn and the reason being; for years we all fished for them during the spawn and we ran out in 2001.”

Catfish are doing great right now on stink baits in 8 to 25 feet of water. The catches right now are showing good numbers with limits if you are up to cleaning them. Tatsch said he uses a number 8 treble hook and a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce egg sinker and Mr. Whiskers stink bait that he gets from Stow-A-Way Marina. Anglers have also reported to me good catches drifting in the same depths with cut bream.

Hybrid striped bass (Palmetto Bass) are doing really good on live shad and jigging spoons. They are hanging around 20 to 30 feet deep on main lake points and humps. They vary in depth but a lot of keeper hybrids are being caught right now according to Tatsch.

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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