Lake Conroe Fishing Report

Fishing on Lake Conroe has been good. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running 71.5 degrees according to the SJRA. The water at this time is clear in the main lake and the level is 200.84 feet. The City of Houston Diversion (COH) is 0 CFS, the Ground Reduction Plan (GRP) is 22.08 CFS and 0 CFS is being released from the Lake according to the San Jacinto River Authority.

Black bass fishing has been good. Fishing the shallows in six feet and less of water is still producing nice catches and there are still a lot of fish spawning, so some bass can be found on the beds in the shallows. Six inch soft plastics in Junebug or Watermelon colors are good color worms with which to start. Crankbait, chatter baits, and spinner baits will also work. Some of the bass are back out on the brush and other structure.

Crappie fishing is fair to good with catches being reported in the shallows and also around the FM 1097 Bridge pylons and in boat stalls at some of the marinas. Minnows are a good bait and if the wind lays down jigs work well if you know how to fish them.

Catfish are good on baited areas at 18 to 20 feet on creek edges and humps. They are averaging one and one-half to two pounds with an occasional three pound catfish, which are good eating size. Cheese bait, chicken liver, or punch baits on sponge hooks are working well. If you get out early you may find some under corks along the bulkheads chasing shad.

Hybrid stripers and white bass are fair. The best chance for them right now is trolling along points and humps which will produce white bass and hybrids when you locate them. They should pick up in late April and May. Juvenile hybrids and white bass look very similar, so if you are not sure which you catch and they are under 18 inches long put them back in the lake.

Bream are good down deep on brush piles and around riprap. Meal worms and night crawlers are good baits and hand size keepers are back. They should be moving to spawn with the warmer water.

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