Fishing on Lake Conroe has been slow to good depending on what you are after. The water in the main lake is clear. The level lately was 200.96 feet above mean sea level, and the temperature of the water at the dam is running about 84 degrees at daylight in the morning. The Lake Release is 0 CFS, City of Houston Diversion(COH) is 0 CFS and the Ground Reduction Plan(GRP) is 19.26 CFS according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing is in it's summer pattern with good action in the shallows early and late. During the heat of the day, anglers report that many are back on structures and brush at 18 to 22 feet around the lake. Soft plastics in Watermelon Green or pumpkin with a chartreuse tail are good starters. Rat-L-Traps are also a good starting lure but your lure choice will depend on how deep you are fishing. Top water lures are producing some catches early around downed logs and vegetation with a few keepers.
Crappie are slow right now and fishing guide Carl Bostic said he tried fishing for them back on the brush piles, the dam, bridge pylons, and other normal structure for them and never caught a crappie. The water will have to cool off before crappie will pickup again.
Catfish are back on the baited holes in water 18 to 22 feet deep. Bostic said They are catching a lot of under size catfish and small keepers with the occasional 4 to 6 pound fish. Bostic also said that limits of keeper catfish are normal. Stink baits and chicken are working well as bait.
Hybrids that are being caught are under size and the bite is slowing down some. Bostic has reported those he has caught have been with catfish on baited holes. Trolling #13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits over humps may also bring some results. It is important that they not be mistaken for white bass, so if you catch one under 18 inches and aren't sure throw them back.
Bream are finished spawning. Bostic said he had one party out and those they caught were large but skinny. They should fatten up in a few weeks. Meal worms and night crawlers are the best bait and to increase your action they can be baited up with sweet corn.
The information for this fishing report has been made available by fishing guide Carl Bostic, working out of Seven Coves. For information about his services go to his website at www.wethook.com or call 936-718-7983.