Conroe Courier/ December 25, 2019/ Fishing Reports, News

Fishing on Lake Conroe is good. The water is a clear and the water temperature at the dam has been running 52 degrees early in the morning and warms up as the day progresses. The level is 198.67 feet and no water is being released. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.

Black bass fishing is good with the cooler weather but it can be up and down with the passing of the cold fronts. Guide Phillip James told me he had not been bass fishing lately, but in crank baits around the boat docks should work well as are Carolina rigged, watermelon red, soft plastics around shady docks, brush piles, and riprap are all good lures at this time.

Catfish are good and can be found on baited holes along main lake humps in 24-30 feet of water. Fishing guides Phillip James said chicken liver is working well on baited holes. James said that the catfish being caught now are larger than normal and are running up to 3-4 pounds.

Crappie are biting well. They are on the brush and other structure at a depth of 25-30 feet deep. The best bait seems to be minnows and James said he is running from 18-30 crappie per trip.

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.

Guide Phillip James said he is starting to see some occasional surface schooling from white bass, so they are coming back and should be coming on strong after the first of the year.

Bream are once again biting and meal worms or night crawlers are the best bait. James said that large hand size bream are being caught on the brush with the crappie on minnows.

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 or call 903-724-8291.

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