The fishing on Lake Conroe is good contingent upon the weather fronts coming through. The water is clear in the main lake and is still a little stained in some of the creeks and back waters. The water temperature in the mornings has been 59.7 degrees at the dam according to the San Jacinto River Authority and the level of the lake is 201 feet above sea level, which is pool.
Black bass fishing results has been up recently. There are more tournaments each week now and the bass are starting to spawn, so some good stringers have been weighed in. James Tucker, Stow-A-Way Marina, said he was out and caught 10 bass with four keepers in the shallow. He was using Black/Blue Senco soft plastics. The ShareLunker that was caught recently was reported caught on a Texas Rigged worm in shallow water too, so the shallows are the place to start.
Catfish are excellent right now. Channel cats and blues, 1 to 3 pounds average, can be caught on baited holes from 18 to 20 feet deep. James Tucker took some people out last week and they caught two large Blue Cats on the baited holes, one 46 pounds and one 52 pounds. Liver or shrimp dipped in punch baits like Mr. Whiskers or Primo are working well. Drifting for big blue catfish across flats and in creek mouths with cut bream is still producing good results.
Hybrid stripers are scattered. Trolling #13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits over humps 15 to 20 feet deep is a good starting place as well as using live bait.
Crappie fishing is also up and down. Some anglers are coming into the marinas with limits and some are working hard for just a few. Start on structure 20 to 30 feet deep and work your way shallower as some are reported in the shallows also. Minnows are the best bait right but if wind allows jigs will too.
Bream are down with the crappie on brush and along any rocks or riprap. Night crawler or meal worms are the best baits.
James Tucker works at Stow-A-Way Marina, has made the facts and information for this fishing report available. For information about Stow-A-Way Marina call (936) 856-4531.