Fishing on Lake Conroe is fair to good. The water is clear and the water temperature at the dam has been running 62 degrees early in the morning and warms up as the day progresses. Fishing guide Phillip James told me by mid-morning it was up to the mid-60 degrees. The level is 199.06 feet and no water is being released according to the San Jacinto River Authority. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.
Black bass fishing is slow to fair James told me he had not been bass fishing lately, but in the tournament last weekend the weight of the winning stringer did not have a limit and was under 14 pounds. Crank baits around the boat docks are producing some strikes as are Carolina rigged, watermelon red, soft plastics around shady docks, brush piles, and riprap are all good starting lures at this time.
Catfish are good and can be found on baited holes along the creek channels, the dump, in 12 to 20 feet of water. James said chicken liver is working well on baited holes. James’ recent parties caught their limit in 3 to 4 hours. The catfish caught now are running good size from 1 1/2 to 5 pounds.
Crappie are starting to bite some. They are on the brush and other structure at a depth of 12-25 feet deep. The best bait seems to be minnows although jigs will work for anglers who are proficient with them. One party James has out caught 12 keepers.
Hybrid Stripers (Palmetto bass) are occasionally biting on chicken livers down with the catfish on the baited holes and will occasionally hit a minnow down with the crappie but nothing consistent. James said he caught a sand bass (also known as white bass) down on the brush 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 rocks and around the dam and bridges and on the brush with the crappie.
The information for this fishing report has been made available by fishing guide Phillip James, working out of Seven Coves Marina. Phillip has been a freshwater fishing guide for over 30 years. For information about his services go to www.phillipsguideservice.com or call 903-724-8291.