Fishing on Lake Conroe has been fair to good. The water in the main lake is clear. The level lately was 201.00 feet above mean sea level, and the temperature of the water at the dam is running about 84.75 degrees in the early morning. The Lake Release is 0 CFS, City of Houston Diversion (COH) is 0 CFS and the Ground Reduction Plan (GRP) is 20.42 CFS according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing is in its summer pattern with good action in the shallows early and late. The tournament anglers report that many are back on the structures at all depths around the lake. Soft plastics in watermelon green or pumpkin with a chartreuse tail are good starters. Rat-L-Traps are also a good starting lure but your lure choice will depend on how deep you are fishing. Top water lures are producing some keepers early around downed logs and vegetation.
Crappie are slow right now and going into their summer pattern. They can be found now mostly back on brush and other structure. Fishing guide Carl Bostic said he is fishing for them back on the brush piles and minnows have been working best for him. He said you can get one or two from a brush pile in the 12-to-20 foot depth range and then move to another brush pile.
Catfish are back on the baited holes in water 15-to-20 feet deep. Fishing guide Carl Bostic said nice blue catfish can be caught drifting the flats in 10-to-15 feet deep. Bostic also said that yellow cats are being caught in some marinas on live bream.
Hybrids that are being caught are under size. They are on the humps and using minnows in 15 feet of water is brings some bites. Some are being caught while Bostic has been fishing for catfish on baited holes. Trolling #13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits over humps may also bring some results. It is important that they not be mistaken for white bass, so if you aren't sure throw them back.
Large hand size bream are everywhere. Bostic said he had one party out and they caught about 100 and only kept 25 of the largest. They are shallow and deep on any structure. Meal worms and night crawlers are the best bait and to increase your action they can be baited up with sweet corn.
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.