Fishing on Lake Conroe is slow to good depending on the fish you are after. The water in the main lake is clear and the water temperature has been 81.6 degrees around daylight at the dam, later in the day the surface temperature can get up to 90 degrees. The lake level is 199.81 feet and no water is being released. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.

Black bass are slow according to fishing guide Richard Tatsch, but doing tolerable on deep diving crankbaits around points from 8 to 18 feet deep. There also doing passable around brush in the same depths.

Catfish are doing great on baited holes in from 8 to 25 feet of water. Fishing guide Richard Tatsch said he catches them on stink bait using a #6 treble hook and a 1/8 ounce weight. The people at the marinas tell me that the small catfish have moved out so those being caught right now are running from 1 ½ to 2 ½ pounds with larger fish not uncommon.

Crappie have slowed down a lot according to the people at the marinas. Minnows are still the best bait, and those you may get to bite will be on brush and other structure in from 16 to 18 feet of water. The bite is slow and if you want to catch fish you can forget crappie for now.

Hybrid striped bass are doing well right now. Tatsch said they have been doing really good on live shad around the river channel in around 30 feet of water.

Bream are doing well on meal worms and night crawlers around the rocks, or some 12 to 16 foot brush piles. Large bream are being caught at this time.

Richard Tatsch owns the FishDude's Guide Service and has been a licensed professional fishing guide since 1996. His boat is a 24 foot Pathfinder bay boat, which is very spacious and safe enough for the roughest conditions on Lake Conroe. He can be reached on line at, email, or phone 936-291-1277.

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