Fishing on Lake Conroe is slow to fair depending on what you are after. The water temperature in the main lake is running 68.48 degrees around daylight at the dam and the water level is 199.23 feet. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level and no water is being released at this time according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass are still slow at this time but a few more cold fronts and they should be picking up nicely. Guide Richard Tatsch said some are catching a few around the riprap and the bridges and top water baits, spinnerbaits and square bill crankbaits are working best.
“Crappie have been slow for me,” stated Tatsch, but some people are catching them around the bridge pilings on minnows and jigs. Some are being caught around deeper brush from 18 to 25 feet and around the 1097 bridge pylons according to the folks selling bait. The crappie fishing should continue to pick up again as the weather and water cools down. Stow-A Way Marina is getting ready to stock some more crappie in our lake so if you wish to donate to the cause the last date is November 15.
Catfish are doing great. Tatsch reports that they are doing fantastic from 12 to 20 feet deep close to channel breaks. Tatsch stated, “I have been catching 50 to 100 keepers a day using stink bait in these areas on stink bait.” Chicken liver around baited holes on channel edges and drop offs at the same depths are also producing good catches. Tatsch uses a number 8 treble hook and a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce egg sinker.
Hybrid striped bass are starting to pick up. Tatsch said he had a party out on Saturday and they limited out and he had one man out who actually caught one on a fly rod using a shad pattered streamer. They are eating schools of shad in open water right now around 30 foot ledges. With that said the bait is around 20 feet deep so that’s where there hanging.
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 www.fishdudetx.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 936-291-1277.