Fishing on Lake Conroe is starting to pick up some. The water is clear anywhere on the lake, the level is 199.46 feet above mean sea level, and the temperature of the water at the dam is running about 72.53 degrees early in the morning. Later in the day, the water will get up to the 80s. No water is being released, according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass are slow to fair. Texas rigged soft plastics in Watermelon Green or pumpkin with a chartreuse tail worked slowly along docks, riprap, and other shallow structure are good starters from daylight until shortly after the sun gets up. Shallow running crankbaits and spinner baits are good early also. Later in the day, the bass may be found around brush and other structure 15-20 feet deep.
Crappie are picking up some. Fishing guide Carl Bostic said some can be seen on brush and larger fish are being caught, but the numbers are still down. Minnows are jigs are both working over brush in 12-20 feet of water is a good starting point. If we can get some good, hard cold fronts to come through that will help the bite to pick up more.
Catfish are good along baited holes in water 18-25 feet deep. Bostic said they have been catching good size catfish on baited holes and the keepers are running from two to three pounds. They have been biting on cheese stink bait or liver. He also said drifting with larger hooks and bigger cut bait over flats or the tops of ledges can get you some good size blue catfish.
Hybrids are scattered. You might try over humps and drop offs in 15-18 feet of water. Bostic said occasionally some are being caught on chicken liver with the catfish.
Bream have been picking up and are down with the crappie. Night crawlers and meal worms are still the best bait and some nice bream the size of your hand are still being caught.
The information for this fishing report has been made available by Bostic, working out of Seven Coves. For information about his services go to his website at www.wethook.com or call 936-718-7983.