The fishing on Lake Conroe is fair to good depending on the fish you are after. The water temperature at sunrise has been around 78 degrees at the dam according to the San Jacinto River Authority. Before the fronts a couple fishing guides tell me that the water temperature was reaching 88 degrees midday in the main lake and even higher in the shallows. The level of the lake is 198.93 feet above mean sea level, which is below pool of 201 feet.
Black bass fishing is slow to fair. The tournament fishermen catch has been on brush and other structure in water from 8 to 16 feet deep. Early and late you can usually roust some action around the stumps and vegetation in the shallows down to around 6 feet along the stumps and downfalls. Soft plastics and crankbaits are good starting lures.
Catfish are generally doing well, although fishing guide Carl Bostic told me that last Saturday they slowed down under the high pressure that we had over us at the time. Channel cats and blues are being caught on holes baited with range cubes down to around 18 to 25 feet deep. Drift fishing for catfish is producing some good action in creek channels and on flats.
Hybrids can be seen suspended over main lake humps and points, but to get them to bite is a challenge. You can attempt trolling a #13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits to get them to bite, or you might try live shad, or jigging spoons to make an effort to get them motivated to bite.
Crappie fishing has slowed to about nothing. Some can be seen on brush piles in 8 to 15 feet of water, but it’s hard to get them to bite. A few are being taken around brush piles and boat docks where the water is 8 to 15 feet deep. Reminder: Stow-A-Way Marina is still collecting donations through October to purchase crappie for another restocking before Christmas.
Bream are large in size and plentiful according to guide Carl Bostic. They can be caught on riprap and almost any brush pile. Night crawlers or meal worm are the best bait, however some are so large they are biting on minnows.
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.