Fishing on Lake Conroe is fair to good. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running a little over 80 degrees. As the day wears on and the sun comes up, it has been warming up, especially in the shallows and back waters of the creeks. The water at this time is clear in the main lake and a little cloudy in the run off areas. The level is 201.18 feet. The City of Houston Diversion (COH) is 0 CFS, the Ground Reduction Plan (GRP) is 14.96 CFS and the Lake release is 1062 CFS according to the San Jacinto River Authority.

Black bass fishing is doing good on crankbaits against the rip rap rock around the lake early and late in the day. Later in the day they can be found around brush from 12 to 16 feet deep using deep diving crankbaits. Shallow good baits are Texas rigged worms, shaky heads, crankbaits and spinnerbaits along with the occasional top water lures.

Crappie are really slow. If you want to try use minnows or jigs around brush in from 8 to 25 feet of water.

Catfish are doing great right now around channel edges from 15 to 25 feet of water around baited areas. Chicken liver as well as stink baits are producing good catches. Fishing guide Richard Tatsch uses a No.8 treble hook and a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce egg sinker in the deeper water.

Hybrid striped bass are slowing down according to Tatsch. Some are being caught on main lake points by trolling crankbaits in shad patterns.

Bream are doing great on meal worms and night crawlers in 3 to 6 feet of water early and late. They are good off of the shore and around any rocks. Large, hand size bream are normal right now.

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 [email protected], or phone 936-291-1277.