This is the time of year when the climate in Southeast Texas starts to settle down to the kind of weather I really like and becomes the pattern for about six months or so. What I enjoy is warm temperatures and a little humidity mixed in so the webs will grow back between my toes and my gills will once again began to function. A time when we will once more be at our fishing spot before the sun comes up and then be back home by ten in the morning before the sun gets so hot you can’t touch any surface on the boat and starts to beat down upon us opening the door to dehydration; yep, my kind of weather.
This is also the time of year when we are getting our boats and other watercraft ready to hit the lakes and waterways of our great state and it is vitally important that we be sure and obey the laws of our great state regarding our impressive outdoor world. When the laws are ignored the results can the degradation and destruction of our outdoor world and the creation of potential danger for you and everyone else. For instance if a person is under the influence of canned pop with the foam on top and goes mindlessly screaming across the lake and hits a sandbar and tears up their boat…too bad, but if they hurt another person that is damnable.
So let’s take a look at Lake Conroe and see what’s been going on.
We can be thankful that at this time the lake is running at pool so the water conditions are excellent for boaters. With hopes of being blessed with a full reservoir throughout the summer we can only act as the weather and rain dictates, but so far so good.
While I am on the reservoir everyone needs to remember the drain, wash, and dry law. Yes, it is a law and not a wish or suggestion. It is also self-defense for everyone who uses our waterways and wishes to keep them usable. In order to hold down the negative effects of all of the invasive plants and animals and other critters that have infiltrated our waterways and threatens to destroy them we must all do everything that we can to hold down the spread.
One of the major methods is to clean, drain, and dry your watercraft and not just mindlessly jump from one body of water to another ignoring the problem. Such wide spread gratuitous, carelessness that is so rampant in our society today lends itself to transporting these plants and critters from one lake to another, so don’t you be a contributor. This same law applies to ALL watercraft and anything that goes into the water including life jackets, ice boxes or anything else.
On the fishing front we have had a couple of noteworthy catches in our lake over the past month or so. First was a 49.50 inch, 67.00 pound, Blue Catfish caught on February 2, 2019 by Morris Taymon. Taymon caught the new Lake Conroe Record on a rod and reel using gizzard shad for bait.
The next was a ShareLunker Black Bass. Cole Turner of Houston caught ShareLunker 580 on the evening of March 9, 2019. Turner, who fishes at Lake Conroe at least two weekends a month, said he caught the 13.36 pound bass on a Texas rigged beaver bait in 3 to 4 feet of water.
Looking at those two catches is encouragement for all anglers to get out and wet a hook, and don’t forget to take the children fishing with you.
I was speaking with Niki Harbison at the TPWD office that takes care of Lake Conroe, Bastrop, Lake Livingston, and other lakes in our area about stocking plans for Lake Conroe. Ms. Harbison said that they have requested from the hatcheries 201,180 hybrid fingerlings to be stocked into our lake. She furthermore told me that they have requested 109 thousand black bass fingerlings to be stocked in our lake. As is usual these numbers are directly protonate to the number of fish that the hatcheries can supply this year. Last year 111,000 black bass were stocked. No hybrids have been stocked in our lake since 2016 when 105,812 hybrids (Palmetto Bass) were stocked. The white bass are finally making an unassisted comeback in our lake after a rapid decrease in population a few years ago. A few showed up last year and this year the fishing guides tell me that they are seeing more with a lot of small ones in the mix.
Last but certainly not least is Stow-A-Way Marina and RV Park, a local company that cares, stocked 4,500, four- to six-inch crappie on Dec. 11. These fish were purchase by the marina with money donated by the anglers and customers who patronize the marina and a sizable donation made by Lamarr Anderson. There is nothing like local folks and business owners helping to take care of this important outdoor resource that provides recreation and income for so many of our residents.
So folks once again things are looking good for Lake Conroe and we must remember that in order to keep it a usable reservoir we all have to do our part to maintain the health of the lake by keeping out foreign plants and animals just like we should do in the rest of the state.