The fishing on Lake Conroe is good with the warming temperatures and this time when many fish are spawning. The water temperature in the mornings has been around 61 degrees at the dam according to the San Jacinto River Authority. Fishing guides tell me that the water temperature has been reaching the mid to upper 60 degrees later in the day. The level of the lake is 201 feet above mean sea level which is pool.
Black bass fishing is good as they have been spawning. In last week’s tournaments 19 pound, five fish stringers were what it took to get into the money places. Guide Carl Bostic said most he has caught have been in the shallows, but he has caught some while crappie fishing. Soft plastic, chatter baits, and spinner baits are all good.
Catfish are moderate. Channel cats and blues have been caught on baited holes but there are a lot of small ones too. Drifting cut bait or large whole shad in the creek mouth can channels of creeks is producing some large blue catfish. The shad are schooling and moving so the catfish will soon be in the more shallow water and along the breakwaters.
Hybrid stripers and white bass can be found more active at this time. Some are being caught in Caney Creek and on main lake humps and points. Trolling #13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crank baits can help you find them and then switch to shad or jigging spoons.
Crappie fishing has been good. Some are being found brush in water 15 to 20 feet deep and minnows or jigs are both working well. There have also been reports of crappie in the shallows spawning. The ones in the shallows are being caught under corks with about 18 inches of line down to the minnows.
Bream are around the brush piles with the crappie. Big bream will start to be caught on the riprap as the water warms up. Night crawler or meal worm are the best bait.
The information for this fishing report has been made available by fishing guide Carl Bostic, working out of Seven Coves. For information about his services go to his website at www.wethook.com or call 936-718-7983.