Fishing on Lake Conroe is picking up and is fair to good, depending on the fish you are after. The water in the main lake is clear, and the water temperature has been 69 degrees around daylight at the dam. Later in the day, the surface temperature can get up close to 80 degrees on a sunny day. The lake level is 198.83 feet, and no water is being released. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.
Black bass fishing is good, according to fishing guide Richard Tatsch. They are in deep water, as well as shallow water around rocks. They have been doing decent early on buzz baits and spinner baits in the more shallow areas. You can try on deep diving crankbaits and Carolina rigged soft plastics around brush in the deeper water.
Catfish are doing great on stink bait over baited holes from 10 to 30 feet deep. There are a lot of the bigger blue cats starting to move around. Tatsch said he catches them on stink bait using a No. 6 treble hook and a 1/8-ounce weight.
Crappie are starting to pick up and can be caught on minnows and jigs from eight to 25 feet of water around brush piles and other structures.
Hybrid striped bass are scattered, but they are biting some on crankbaits, live shad and Rat-L-Traps. You can look for them on main lake ridges in water from 10 to 30 feet deep.
Bream are good around brush piles and rocks from eight to 20 feet deep on mealworms and night crawlers. The marina folks tell me that large bream are being brought in at this time.
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.