Fishing on Lake Conroe has been good for this time of year. The water temperature at the dam has been running 80 degrees early in the morning and warms up close to 90 degrees as the day progresses. The level is 200.43 feet and no water is being released. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.

Black bass fishing is good. In the Angler’s Quest tournament last Sunday. it took 20 pounds to get in the money places. Crank baits around the boat docks are working well as our Carolina rigged, watermelon red, soft plastics around shady docks, brush piles, and riprap are all good lures at this time.

Catfish are good and can be found on baited holes along the creek channels and points in 15 to 20 feet of water. Fishing guide Phillip James said chicken liver is working well on baited holes. James had a number of parties out this week and one two man party caught their limit in three hours. The catfish caught now are running from 2 to 3 ½ pounds.

Crappie are on the brush at a depth of 8 to 20 feet. James said he had one crappie trip out lately and they caught 25 crappie and only 13 were keepers. he best bait seems to be minnows although jigs are working for anglers who are used to them. He also said they can be biting well one day and then only fair the next.

Hybrids (Palmetto bass) are biting on chicken livers down with the catfish on the baited holes. Others tell me that trolling, or jigging spoons, or fishing live shad also will produce good results.

Bream are once again biting and meal worms or night crawlers are the best bait. Large hand size bream are being caught on the rocks and around the dam and bridges.

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.