Lake Conroe Fishing Report

Fishing on Lake Conroe is fair to good. The water is clear at the south end and a little stained up north in the backs of creeks and in the shallows from the run off from recent rain and results of timber clear cutting. The water temperature at the dam has been running 61.65 degrees early in the morning.

The Lake Release is 0 CFS, City of Houston Diversion(COH) 0 CFS and the Ground Reduction Plan(GRP) is 15.13 CFS. The lake level is 199.80 feet according to the San Jacinto River Authority.

Black bass fishing is best early in the morning. They are in the shallows early and late and holding on the deeper structures during midday. Crank baits are generating strikes as are soft plastics. They are also starting to be found on brush piles and other structure at 15 - 20 feet deep. The Stow-A-Way tournament had some nice 17 plus pound stringers weighed in last Sunday.

Catfish are biting well. Fishing guides Phillip James said he had parties out recently and they caught their limit of keepers in about three hours with nice size channel and blue cats averaging 1 to 5 pounds. He said he is fishing along main lake humps, points and ridges in 18 to 30 feet of water. Chicken liver is working well for bait as is shrimp dipped in punch bait.

Crappie are spotty and scattered. You might get 5 or 10 one day and nothing the next time you are out. Brush and crappie houses 15 to 25 feet deep seem to be where they are staying. Minnows are the best bait on brush but if the wind allows jigs will work also.

Hybrid Stripers (Palmetto bass) are biting on chicken livers on main lake humps and points. James told me he has had some hybrids caught while fishing for catfish. Juvenile hybrids look very similar to white bass, so if you catch any under 18 inches long and are not sure which fish it is put it back in the lake.

Bream are down on the brush with the crappie can some are stripping the bait on the catfish holes. Meal worms or night crawlers are the best bait.

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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