Fishing on Lake Conroe is slow to fair, depending on what you are after. The water temperature in the main lake is running 81 degrees around daylight at the dam, and the water level is 199.72 feet. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level, and no water is being released at this time, according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass have slowed down and are in their summer pattern. The heat has made them off the bite, as usual for this time of year. Guide Richard Tatsch said he is catching a few around the riprap early on squarebill crankbaits and top-water baits.
Crappie fishing is terrible, according to Tatsch, as well as the other fishing guides on the lake. The crappie fishing will pick up again when the weather and water cools down and the lake turns over.
Catfish are doing great. Tatsch reports good catches on stink bait and chicken liver around baited holes on channel edges and dropoffs 12-25 feet deep. He said some large catfish are being caught at this time as well as the 1- to 2-pound fish. He uses stink bait like Mister Whiskers blood bait. Tatsch said he uses a No. 8 treble hook and a 1/8- to ¼-ounce egg sinker.
Hybrids are on and off. Tatsch said they bite well a couple days, and it may be a week before they bite again. They can be seen on humps and points, but they can be hard to get to bite.
Tatsch said he hasn’t been fishing for white bass, but has seen people catching some trolling pet spoons.
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 online at www.fishdudetx.com, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 936-291-1277.