Fishing on Lake Conroe has been good lately. The water is clear at the south end and a little stained up north and in the backs of creeks and in the shallows from the runoff during the rain. The water temperature at the dam has been running 83.63 degrees early in the morning, but the lake warms up as the sun gets up and the clouds burn off. The Lake Release was 0 CFS, City of Houston Diversion is 0 CFS and the Ground Reduction Plan is 17.65 CFS. The level is 201 feet, according to the San Jacinto River Authority.

Black bass fishing is good. Black bass are in the shallows early and late and on the deeper structures throughout the lake during midday. Crank baits are generating strikes, as are soft plastics. A few bass are also being caught on brush pile at 15-20 feet deep.

Catfish are biting well. Fishing guide Phillip James said he had a party out recently that caught their limit of keepers with an occasional blue cat up to three pounds. He said they were along main lake humps and points and submerged pond dams in 20-25 feet of water. Chicken liver is working well for bait, as is shrimp.

Crappie have slowed down a lot with the hot weather. You might get one or two on the brush and other structure from 15-20 feet of water. They may also be found around the bridge pylons around the FM 1375 and FM 1097 ridges. Minnow are the beat bait today on brush, but they will also bite on jigs if you can feel the light hits.

Hybrid Stripers (Palmetto bass) are biting well on chicken livers on main lake humps and points at about 25 feet deep. James told me he had a party out Friday morning that caught 20 hybrids and had two keepers. The rest were 12-15 inches long. Juvenile hybrids look very similar to white bass, so if you catch any under 18 inches long and are not sure which fish it is, put it back.

Bream are on rocks anywhere on the lake. James said he had parties out recently that caught large, hand-size bream on shrimp under corks. They are also biting meal worms or night crawlers early and late along the shore under shade.

The information for this fishing report has been made available by James, working out of Seven Coves Marina. James has been a freshwater fishing guide for over 30 years. For information about his services, go to www.phillipsguideservice.com or call 903-724-8291.