Fishing for Lake Conroe has been good. The water is a little off color in the back of the creeks and areas of run off. The level is 201.02 feet above mean sea level, and the temperature of the water at the dam is running about 50.25 degrees mid morning. No water is being released according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass have been staging to spawn according to the bass fishermen on the lake. Texas rigged soft plastics in Watermelon Green or pumpkin with a chartreuse tail worked along docks, riprap, and other shallow structure are good starters. Shallow running crankbaits and spinner baits are good also. Deeper on structure the bass may be found around from 15 to 20 feet deep.
Crappie are fair. Fishing guide Carl Bostic said some can be seen on brush and other structure and some fish are being caught, but the numbers are still down. Minnows and jigs are both working over brush and other structure in 12 to 20 feet of water. You can catch 2 or 3 from a brush pile and then you have to move to another.
Catfish are good along baited holes in water down to 30 feet deep. Bostic said they have been catching limits and good size catfish on baited holes and the keepers are running from one and one-half to three pounds. They have been biting on cheese stink bait or liver. He also said drifting cut bait over flats or the tops of ledges can get you some good size blue catfish in 15 feet of water.
Hybrids are a little slow and can be found along the humps and ridges in 15 to 20 feet of water. Live shad and jigging spoons are good baits to start with. Trolling #13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits are also good.
White bass are starting to spawn up north and along sandy humps and ridges. You might try over humps, points and drop offs in 15 to 20 feet of water. Please keep in mind that a large number of hybrids were stocked last year, so make sure you know the difference. A white bass and an undersized hybrid look similar.
Bream are still fairly deep and can be found down with the catfish and the crappie. Meal worms or night crawlers are good baits.
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.