Fishing on Lake Conroe is good. The water temperature in the main lake is running 51.22 degrees around daylight and the water level is 199.36 feet, which is a little less than two feet below pool. No water is being released at this time according to the San Jacinto River Authority. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.
Black bass are doing well around shoreline structure and are starting to move up to spawn within the next couple weeks according to fishing guide Richard Tatsch. He said they can be caught on spinnerbaits, crankbaits or Carolina rigged worms. The top three places in the big bass tournament last weekend were ten pounds plus.
Crappie are getting ready to spawn right now and fishing guide Richard Tatsch said he doesn’t fish for them during this time of year to help maximize the spawn as much as possible. He will resume fishing for them in April after the spawn is over. I have heard no other reports.
Catfish are doing great right now on stink baits in 15 to 20 feet of water. The catches right now are showing good numbers with limits if you are up to cleaning them. atsch 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 some good catches drifting cut bait on the flats.
Hybrid striped bass (Palmetto Bass) are running shad around the main lake points from 15 to 30 feet deep. Guide Richard Tatsch said they can be caught by trolling various baits like Rat-L-Traps, jigging spoons, or live shad.
Bream are still down deep according to some anglers I have spoken to who search out the large bream. Night crawlers and meal worms are the best bait.
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 www.fishdudetx.com, email [email protected], or phone 936-291-1277.