Lake Conroe Fishing Report
Fishing on Lake Conroe has been good. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running 81.2 degrees according to the SJRA. The water at this time is clear in the main lake and the level is 201.06 feet. The City of Houston Diversion (COH) is 0 CFS, the Ground Reduction Plan (GRP) is 22.22 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 early. 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. The bass are back out on the brush and other deeper structure also and with oxygen levels high once the sun gets up I would look for them in the shade of docks.
Crappie fishing is reported being fair to good. They can be found on brush in 16 to 24 feet of water and other structure like the FM 1097 Bridge pylons. Some are reported being caught in boat stalls at some of the marinas. Minnows are a good bait and if the wind lays down jigs work well.
Catfish are good on baited areas on creek edges, ridges and humps in water from 18 to 35 feet deep. 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. You can also try drifting cut bait over flats in the creeks in water around 12 feet or less for some nice blue catfish.
Hybrids are being caught while folks are fishing for catfish occasionally. It is important that the juvenile size hybrids not be mistaken for white bass, so if you catch one under 18 inches and aren't sure throw them back.
Bream are good down deep on brush piles and around riprap. Meal worms and night crawlers are good baits and large hand size keepers are back and readily available.