Fishing on Lake Conroe is good. The water temperature in the main lake is running 64 degrees around daylight at the dam and the water level is 200.35 feet, which is about three-fourths of a foot 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 spawning right now and are around shallow flat areas; some you can see visibly others are in 5 to 8 feet of water according to fishing guide Richard Tatsch. Some can also be caught by throwing wacky rigged worms or spinnerbaits and small square bill crankbaits. A number are also being caught occasionally around brush piles.
Crappie are doing great from 8 feet to 20 feet on minnows and jigs around brush piles. They are also reported in deep boat stalls and other structure.
Catfish are scattered according to Tatsch. He said some catfish are on the bulkheads and some are in deeper water. For the fish on the bulkhead he uses cut shad. The deeper fish are in 15 to 20 feet of water and he is using stink bait. 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.
Hybrid striped bass are running all over the lake; the problem is finding the ones that want to bite. There’s some in the flat areas from 12 to 15 feet and others are in 30 to 40 feet. Tatsch said he is catching them on live shad, but they can also be caught using swim baits and Rat-L-Traps.
Bream are being caught on brush with the crappie according to some anglers I have spoken to who search out the large bream. Night crawlers and meal worms are the best bait.
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.