Fishing on Lake Conroe has been fair to good. The water is still a little off color in the back of the creeks and areas of run-off. The level lately was 201.41 feet above mean sea level, and the temperature of the water at the dam is running about 75 degrees in the early morning. The Lake Release was 1596 CFS, City of Houston Diversion (COH) is 0 CFS, and the Ground Reduction Plan (GRP) is 14.53 CFS, according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing has been good with fast action in the shallows early and late. The tournament anglers report that many are back on the structures at all depths around the lake. Soft plastics in watermelon green or pumpkin with a chartreuse tail are good starters. Rat-L-Traps are also a good starting lure, but your lure choice will depend on how deep you are fishing. Top water lures are producing some keepers early around downed logs and vegetation.
Crappie are slowing down right now and going into their summer pattern. They can be found mostly back on brush and other structures. Fishing guide Carl Bostic said he is fishing for them back on the brush piles, and minnows have been working best for him. He said you can get one or two from a brush pile in the 12- to 20-foot depth range and then move to another brush pile.
Catfish are back on the baited holes in water 12-35 feet deep. Bostic said big blue catfish can be caught in treetops submerged in deep water 18-35 feet deep and suspended 20 feet down. Some in the 15-25 pound range are possible. Bostic also said yellow cats are being caught in some marinas on live bream.
Hybrids that are being caught are undersized. They are on the humps and using minnows in 15 feet of water brings some bites. Some are being caught, while Bostic has been fishing for catfish on baited holes. Trolling No. 13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits over humps may also bring some results. It is important that they not be mistaken for white bass, so if you aren’t sure, throw them back.
Bream can be found back in the shallow water on riprap and brush. Large hand-size bream are now being caught. Meal worms or night crawlers are good baits, and they can be baited up with sweet corn.
The information for this fishing report has been made available by Bostic, working out of Seven Coves. For information about his services go to www.wethook.com or call 936-718-7983.